Maniu Says Anti-semitic Party Plays Lesser Role in Roumania Than in Some Other Countries

“The anti-Semitic party is insignificant and plays a lesser role in the political life of Roumania than in many other countries,” stated Prime Minister Maniu today to Morris D. Waldman, secretary of the American Jewish Committee, and Joseph Leftwich, London editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“The satisfaction with which the Jews throughout the world have hailed the formation of the Maniu government was well grounded,” the Prime Minister continued. “The Jews are justified in anticipating fair treatment. My government has done more to ensure the rights of the Jewish people than any previous government. There are now less manifestations of discrimination than previously.

“Compared to the position of the Jews before our government took office, their present status is a distinct improvement, and it is due not only to the government’s actions but to the general opinion the government created that if there were excesses the government would act,” said M. Maniu.

“The government, at the next session of parliament will submit a new citizenship law which will facilitate the nationalization of many thousands of Jews. It is the intention of the government to treat all minorities in accordance with law and the principle of equity.

“The government will consult all Jewish communities before proceeding further with the Jewish communities law,” the Prime Minister stated.

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