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Condition of Jews in Eastern and Central Europe Reported Not Bad by Lucien Wolf

Some very ugly happenings have occurred in Roumania which are deplorable because they occurred in Bukowina where there had been no outrages before, but the action of the government has been firm and prompt, the Anglo-Jewish Association was informed at its regular meeting by Lucien Wolf, secretary of the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association.

Mr. Wolf said he could never remember when such high personages in Roumania, including the King, made emphatic and uncompromising condemnation of anti-Semitism and his considerable feeling of confidence in the present government has not changed, he added. “Nothing the Joint Foreign Committee or the League of Nations can do will alter the folly or madness of certain classes in Roumania and all we can ask is that the government maintain order,” Mr. Wolf declared. He expressed certainty that the present government was alive to its responsibilities.

Discussing the Jewish situation elsewhere in Europe he found it not bad but pointed out that the maintenance and defence of the liberty and rights of the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe requires vigilance. He was not disposed to think that the Minorities Commission of the League of Nations could do better than the present system. Looking back over the last ten years and recalling what the situation was before the Minorities Treaties, Mr. Wolf saw reason for being grateful because he said the treaties had brought great benefits to the Jews of Eastern Europe.

The Anglo-Jewish Association approved the action of the Evelina Rothschild School authorities in Palestine in keeping the institution open during the general strike of Jews to protest against the stoppage of immigration. President Leonard Montefiore said that the school authorities cannot permit students to take part in politics during school hours.

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