Hungarians Blame Jews in Transylvania for Their Defeat in School Question

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Jewish community in Transylvania, the Hungarian province annexed to Roumania, finds itself between the anvil and the sledge as a result of the school question now agitating Transylvania.

Since Transylvania was incorporated into Roumania a bid for Jewish support has been going on between the Roumanian government and the Hungarian minority. The Hungarians strive to include the Jews in their group, claiming that Hungarian is the mother tongue of Transylvanian Jews. If the Jewish group is added to the Hungarian group, their claim for Hungarian as the language of instruction in the Transylvanian schools would receive added strength. This demand formulated by the Hungarians was, however, refused by the Roumanian Minister of Education, Petrovitch. The question has now assumed an acute form because of the visit to Bucharest of Count Bethlen, Hungarian prime minister. He has intervened in this matter with the Roumanian Minister of the Interior, Goga.

The Hungarian pagers in Transylvania blame the Jews for the attitude of the Roumanian government in the Transylvanian school question. The Roumanian school inspector, Pecancu, conducted an investigation in the town of Satumare, where there is a large Jewish community. He declared on the basis of his survey that a majority of the Jewish inhabitants in Satumare declared themselves to be Jews, not Hungarians.

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