Bucharest (Feb. 5)
The anti-Semitic movement in Rumania received another setback today when the pro-government press here issued a statement that the revival of the anti-Jewish forces, now under ban in Rumania, would mean revival of opposition against King Carol.
This statement is the result of efforts made by Vaida-Voevod, former Minister of Interior and leader of the National Peasants Party, to put his party on record as demanding restrictions for the Jews of Rumania. The efforts of Vaida-Voevod were counteracted by Dr. Maniu, head of the National Peasants Party, who is known for his pro-Jewish sentiments since 1928, when he was premier of the Rumanian cabinet..
COUNTRY SAW 12 GOVERNMENTS
Since 1928, when the National Peasants Party, led by Dr. Maniu, ousted the liberals from power, Rumania has seen twelve governments, the return of the king, and a severe economic and financial crisis. Today, though the income of Rumania’s 17,500,000 inhabitants is less than half that in 1928, Rumania has scarcely any unemployed. Their number is about 20,000. Four-fifths of the inhabitants are practically self-supporting peasants, and many of the remainder could go back to the land.
The government’s policy of maintaining the price of grain at a level which yields a moderate return to the producer has shown reasonably good result. In addition, the peasants also had their debts reduced by half and made payabe over a period of seventeen years by law. They are, therefore, in a better position now than they were a year ago, when anti-Semitism was raging in the villages.
Recovery in Rumanian towns, however, has been much slower.