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Jews Appeal to King Carol for His Protection; Borscha Jews Are Suffering Badly

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An appeal to King Carol to take under his protection the Jews of Roumania was made in a telegram sent to the King by a meeting of Bucharest Jews under the auspices of the Jewish National Party, protesting against the anti-Semitic disturbances.

Pointing out that the Jews of Roumania are a peaceful and industrious element of the population, the telegram says that “in times of difficulty and crisis we demand an opportunity to assist with other parts of the population in the reconstruction of the country. Trusting to the high spirit of justice and humanity of Your Majesty we hope for your intervention.”

Reports reaching the Bucharest papers indicate that the Jews of Borscha, where a fire last week left more than 3,000 homeless, are in a serious predicament. The newspaper “Adverul” says that most of the victims are still without shelter and food, only children receiving meagre rations. The latest figures on the damage done by the fire is 50,000,000 lei.

While the ministry of finance has assigned 600,000 lei for the sufferers, an inadequate sum according to Jewish opinion, police prefects Yuga and Dan and prosecuting attorney Kindrish and Captain Spetia have begun an investigation into the causes of the fire. In the meantime a telegram from the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoting the newspaper “Dimineatza” on the details of the fire has been confiscated by the authorities.

Under-secretary of the Interior Angelescu has wired Dr. Valer Moldovanu, district director, to proceed immediately to Borscha, the scene of last week’s fire that caused 50,000,000 lei damage and left thousands of Jews homeless, to make an inquiry as to the causes of the fire, the situation of the sufferers and what measures of relief are needed.

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