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Roumanian Parliament Told of Torture Cases in Bessarabian Provinces

Interpellating in the Roumanian Parliament regarding the numerous cases of mistreatment to which Jews in Bessarabia have been subjected, the Jewish Deputy, Landau, exhorted the government to abolish the regime which made such acts of cruelty possible and to abandon its ostrich-like policy.

Deputy Landau pointed to the occurrences during the past four months in Orhei, Yighini and Chotin, where many citizens were arrested merely on suspicion and were subjected to unbelievable torture. One of the victims, the Deputy declared, unable to endure the torture, hanged himself. Several others are still in the hospital. It has been proven, he stated, that a number of those claimed to have been arrested on suspicion that they were Communists, proved to be old members of various government parties.

Referring to the case of Samson Bronstein, Deputy Landau declared that he was known throughout as an opponent of all extreme movements. He concluded with an appeal that the Bessarabian population should be fully protected against the persecutions to which the last government had exposed them. The cases of ill-treatment that had come to public notice, he said, were but a few of those in the chain of Bessarabian persecution.

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