Cuza Declares Himself Unreservedly an Adherent of Hitler.
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Cuza Declares Himself Unreservedly an Adherent of Hitler.

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I am unreservedly an adherent of Hitler, Professor Cuza, the Roumanian antisemitic leader, announced in a speech which he delivered last night in the Chamber, elaborating the points he made in his speech last week, in which he said that he welcomed the present crisis because it would break the power of the “Jidani”.

There is an intimate association between the programme of the Roumanian League for the Protection of Christian National interests and that of Hitler, he proceeded, and nothing can prevent co-operation between me and Hitler, who will assuredly assume the German leadership in the spring.

Professor Cuza then went on to declare that he and the Deputies of his Party are loyal and devoted friends of the present regime in Roumania, and that they would therefore vote for the Budget.

He then launched into an attack upon the League of Nations, describing it as an instrument of the Jews to dominate the world. It ought properly to be known as the “Jewish League for the Domination of the Nations”, he said. He demanded therefore, that Roumania should cease to contribute to the Budget of the League of Nations, and having regard to the economic distress of the Roumanian peasants, it should also stop paying interest on foreign debts, because the money only went into the pockets of the Jewish bankers in Paris, a lot of “dirty Jidanis”. The Roumanian Embassy in Rio de Janeiro should also be shut down, he demanded, and when Deputy Radcanu broke in to point out that there are 50,000 Roumanians living in Brazil, Professor Cuza replied: They are only Roumanian “Jidanis”.

Dr. Lupu, leader of the Peasant Party and former Minister of the Interior, and Deputy Dr. Singer, one of the members of the Jewish Party, objected to the use of the term “Jidani” and appealed to the President, Deputy Sebastian Radovici, to call Professor Cuza to order for insulting the entire Jewish population. Deputy Radovici replied that as the newest President of the Chamber he could not take it upon himself to be the first to rule out an expression which had always been allowed to pass by the older Presidents of the Chamber.

There was nearly a free fight in the Chamber when one of the Cuzist members, Deputy Nichifor Robu, shouted over to Deputy Singer -“Shut your mouth, Jidan!”. When Dr. Singer replied that he would not be dictated to by him, Deputy Robu rushed across to him as if to hit him. Deputy Manfred Reifer, another member of the Jewish Party, put himself in a position to protect Deputy Singer, and several Cuzist Deputies rushed up to help Deputy Robu. Only the intervention of Professor Jorga’s son, who is acting as Questor in the Chamber, prevented the parties coming to blows.

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