Roumanian Government Orders Strict Probe of Anti-semitic Disturbances in South Bukowina

A most rigorous investigation of the anti-Semitic demonstrations in the Bukowinian towns of Campulung and Vama has been ordered by Vayda Voevod, minister of the interior, following a conference with Secretary of State Angelescu and police commandant Nicoleanu. The government also issued a communique regarding the incidents at Vama and Campulung.

The government’s statement says that “the manifestations in Vama and Campulung have been led by two priests, Berindj and Dumitrescu and two students, Metea and Constantin Danila. The local authorities tried to prevent the outbreak of serious disorders, and dispersed the demonstrators, some of whom have been arrested. No serious occurrences have taken place.”

Despite the fact that King Carol has promised to solve the Jewish question himself and has given guarantees that anti-Semitism would be checked, new anti-Semitic disturbances have broken out in Vama and Campulung where the notorious agitator Danila has been urging the peasants to drive out the Jews. Secret meetings have been held in Vama at which it was decided to expel the Jews and deprive them of their property.

The agitators gathered 3,000 peasants and held street demonstrations. Church bells were rung, electric power cut off, processions held, windows in Jewish houses broken and anti-Semitic pamphlets distributed. One Jew was mishandled and when the police intervened they, too, were roughly treated, the chief of police and his wife being hurt by a thrown stone.

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