1,800,000 Lei Assigned for Borscha Reconstruction; Only 2 Percent of Damages Suffered

A grant of 1,800,000 lei will be given by the Roumanian government for the victims of the anti-Semitic fire in Borscha and 90,000 lei for the Jewish sufferers from the anti-Semitic disturbances in Balaceana and Suceava. This was the statement made today by Dr. Constantin Angelescu, assistant minister of the interior, to Deputy Michael Landau who interviewed Dr. Angelescu regarding the difficult situation of the Jews of Borscha, Suceava and Balaceana since the anti-Semitic troubles. The grants have been approved by Premier Maniu.

Deputy Landau protested verbally and the general council of Roumanian Jews will submit a written protest against the sums granted, which are less than two per cent of the total damages suffered by the Jews.

Prior to the announcement of how much the government would allocate for the relief of the above-mentioned towns the general council of Roumanian Jews announced that the reconstruction of Borscha had been greatly handicapped because Borscha’s share of the 12,000,000 lei allocated by the government for all of the towns that suffered from the anti-Semitic incidents was not yet known.

The reconstruction measures are being carried out by a special cooperative organized by Deputy Fisher. Thus far the cooperative has received 262 hectares of timber lands from the government’s preserves from which it hopes to realize 3,500,000 lei. The cooperative also has 2,000,000 lei from the relief campaign conducted in Klausenberg and in other cities. This amount, however, is insufficient even for the rebuilding of the destroyed houses, necessitating a continuation of the campaign for relief funds.

The general council also decided to lodge a protest against the statistical commission in connection with the forthcoming census because of the rules which require that all census questionnaires be printed in the language of all minorities except the Jewish. At the same time the general council plans to urge the Jewish population to describe themselves as of the Jewish nationality and to give Hebrew as their mother tongue in reply to the census questions.

It was announced today that the trial of the anti-Semitic agitators of Borscha which had been set for tomorrow had been postponed owing to the district attorney’s request for a change of venue.

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