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Jewish Defense Corps Beats Back Hooligans in Roumanian Town

Jewish self-defense corps in the city of Jassy today beat back several attacks on the Jewish quarters attempted by members of the anti-Semitic Iron Guard.

While disorders continued in isolated localities it appeared today that the Roumanian police and military, under the strict orders of the Duca government to prevent the demonstrations of the Iron Guard and other anti-Semitic organizations which, at the same time are anti-government in policy, had succeeded in restoring order although grave tension still exists and the Jewish communities remain in justified fear of further attacks.

It became known today for the first time that the courage of a Catholic priest averted serious consequences earlier this week when a gang of Iron Guardists attempted an attack on a Jewish school for girls at Sereteanu. The priest, whose name could not be learned, interposed himself between the entrance to the school and the attackers and, holding up a cross, barred their way. The gang, after bombarding the school with stones, quickly retreated when the priest made his appearance on the scene.

With the anti-Semitic organizations apparently quietening down in the face of government threats that they would not be permitted to take part in the parliamentary elections, leaders of the Jewish State party and the Union of Roumanian Jews were reported to have reached an agreement for concerted action in the election. Previously, the two groups had failed to agree on a program and the former had announced its intention of putting an independent list of candidates into the field. The two groups are expected now to agree on a single list of candidates. Their support of Premier Ion G. Duca’s Liberal Party, in a parliamentary bloc, is considered most likely.

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