Bucharest (Aug. 4)
A serious epidemic of disease threatens 2,500 Jews of Borscha who are at present homeless following the fires which swept that city. Because of the government’s delay in paying for the damage caused by the anti-Semites, the Jews are being forced to live in the ruins of their homes and are suffering from lack of food and clothing. They are without protection from cold or rain, they told the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, who made a special trip to Borscha to ascertain the conditions.
Despite Minister Vayda Voevod’s statement to the correspondent that the government would speedily reimburse the Jews, there has been no word yet as to when such damages would be assessed. Well informed officials, on the other hand claim that Vayda Voevod is trying to back out of his promise on the ground that the fire may have been a pure accident for which the government would in no way be responsible as it would be if anti-Semites had been responsible.
The question of the government’s attitude toward the payment of damages is agitating all Roumanian Jewry which demands that payment should be made early, if possible before autumn which brings with it severe rains and will cause the Jews who are homeless great misery.