Czernowitz (Jun. 24)
(By our Czernowits Correspondent)
Transylvanian and Bukowina newspapers have recently published reports concerning the unification of the Jews of Greater Roumania. Since these reports were partly vague and partly untrustworthy the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, applied for information to the former Jewish deputy, Dr. Meier Ebner who took part several days ago in the Convention of the Transylvanian Jewish National Union in Temeshvar and conferred upon this topic with the representatives of the Union of Jews of Old Roumania, namely Dr. Filderman, Dr. Nemirower and Senator Horia Karp.
To the query of the representative as to the veracity of the above mentioned reports. Dr. Ebner gave the following reply:
“It is a fact.” said Dr. Ebner, “that since the Anti-Semitic movement in this country has begun to grow. in strength, the Jews of all four provines, that is. Old Roumania. Bessarabia, Bukowina and Transylvania, have felt a great need of a union of some kind.
“A complete union of all the Jews is plainly impossible, due to the large number of parties which constantly multiply among the Jews and which differ so much in views and actions. What is possible, however, is that the majority of Jews in Roumania should unite on the platform of a common program of minimum essentials, such a program as was recently adopted here at the conference of the National Jewish Union of Bukowina.
“Among other planks, this program supports the struggle for equality of civil rights, for the recognition of certain rights of Jews in Roumania as an ethnic and religious entity; also the fight against anti-Semitism.
“What we are planning,” continued Dr. Ebner. “is to coordinate the work of the three great organizations already in existence; that of the Union of Roumanian Jews in Old Roumania, and also that of the Jewish National Union in Transylvania and Bukowina.”
To a question regarding the Jews of Bessarabia. Dr. Ebner replies;
“Up to the present time there is no such organization to be found in Bessarabia, but it is to be expected that an organization of this kind will be founded. At all events, the already existing Jewish organizations of the three countries (Old Roumania, Transylvania and Bukowina) will endeavor to come into closer contact, Each organization will exist independently, under its own program which differs from the others in many respects. All three organizations will
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