Queen Marie Appeals for Aid for Jewish Victims of Borscha Fire; Government Grants Credit

A sum of 12,000,000 lei, the equivalent of $72,000, was today assigned by the Roumanian government as credit for the sufferers of the Borscha fire to rebuild their burned homes. A fire of anti-Semitic origin destroyed scores of houses and did property damage estimated at from $300,000 to $500,000 early in July. The damage from the loss of business and interrupted trade and industry has not yet been estimated. Several thousand Jews were left homeless as a result of the fireand are in dire straits.

Simultaneously with this grant of government credit, Queen Marie issued an appeal to the entire Roumanian nation to collect relief funds for the Borscha populace. Calling the Jewish populace of Borscha “our unhappy brethren,” the appeal of Queen Marie says, “Impoverished children and adults, homeless and starving, and suffering from hunger, are in dire need. I appeal to everybody to help these poor suffering brethren of ours. Let everybody help these poor victims. Let each citizen subscribe to the fund, contributing a minimum of one lei.”

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