Roumania Makes Citizens of Jewish Pre-war Residents

Full citizenship will be conferred upon Jews resident in Roumania since before the outbreak of the war and those arriving after 1914, who “experienced the vicissitudes of the war on the Roumanian side”, according to the decision of the constitutional commission drafting the citizenship clauses.

The moot question of Jewish citizenship rights was the subject of protracted discussion, Minister of Justice Florescu having proposed that only Jews resident in Old, as well as New, Roumania since 1916 should automatically become citizens. Deputy Adolph Stern proposed the year 1919 as a starting point, and that only for Old Roumania. He contended that residents or the new territory were subject to the provisions of the Peace Treaty declaring them full-fledged citizens. Resenting Deputy Stern’s leaning on the Versailes Treaty, Premir Bratiano suggested the question could be settled without reference to international control. The proposal finally adopted was made by M. Constantinescu.

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