Belgrade (Jun. 23)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The campaign conducted by Lord Rothermere in his newspapers to bring about a revision of the Treaty of Trianon is causing a growth of feeling against the Jews in Jugo-Slavia. Allegations are made that Lord Rothermere is a Jew and that the Jews are behind his campaign to detach certain parts of Jugo-Slavia and hand them back to Hungary.
The clericalist paper “Slovenec,” the organ of the Minister of the Interior, M. Anton Korochetz, publishes reports in which it states that the “English Jew Rothermere is conducting a Jewish campaign with Jewish and Hungarian backing in the interests of the Jews and of Jewish capital.”
The Jewish organ “Zidov” of Zagreb comments: “These lies are being spread at the same time that the Government is trying to obtain a loan from a group which includes the Rothschilds, who are Jews.”
The campaign conducted by Lord Rothermere is giving rise to anti-Semitic agitation in the Little Entente countries, Roumania, Czecho-Slovakia and Jugo-Slavia. Although the Jews of these countries are not identified with the irredentist movement and are vitally interested in being able to pursue their peaceful occupations, allegations are being spread that the Jews are behind Lord Rothermere’s campaign and this is felt to have been largely responsible for the recent anti-Jewish excesses in Transylvania.
Even the authorities in the former Hungarian parts of Roumania are treating the Jews as if they were Hungarian irredentists. Jews are refused permission to instal wireless even where it is plain that they desire only to listen-in to concerts, the suggestion being that the wireless may be employed for espionage purposes and contact with the Hungarian radio connections.
Prominent Slovakian newspapers are threatening repetitions of the expulsion of Jews which took place at the end of 1918 and the beginning of 1919, if the Jews do not join the Slovakian propaganda against the Rothermere campaign and against the Hungarians. The Slovakian people, the papers write, should long ago have got rid of the Jews who have amassed riches in Slovakia. The central authorities in Prague, they say, have always protected the Jews, but this time Prague will no longer be able to protect them against the general indignation of the Slovakian people.
A similar feeling is obtaining expression also in Jugo-Slavia where certain papers describe Lord Rothermere as an English Jew, backed in his campaign by Jewish capital.