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Roumanian Court Rejects Appeal of Jewish Students for Amnesty

The Court of Appeals at Suceava rejected the appeal of twenty Jewish high school pupils who were involved in the events which occurred in November 1926, leading to the murder, by an anti-Semitic student, of the Jewish student David Falik in a Czernowitz court.

The pupils were arrested for participating in a demonstration arranged by pupils of the national minorities in protest against the alleged unfair methods used in the baccalaureate examinations, when a great number of minority pupils, including Jews, were flunked.

The pupils were punished in the following manner: Those who had not completed their studies in the high schools were expelled for two years, and those who had completed their course lost the right to enter Roumanian universities for a considerable period. It was during the trial of the twenty Jewish pupils that David Falik, a Jewish student, who appeared as a witness, was shot by Nicolai Totu, Hakenkreuzler student.

Considerable disappointment over the outcome of the proceedings in the Court of Appeals was voiced in Jewish circles in view of the fact that during the last national elections the National Peasant Party made promises to the effect that these pupils would receive amnesty.

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