BUCHAREST (Jun. 26)
Jews stayed off Bucharest streets today, remaining at home in fear of Cuzist bands that roved through the city eager for trouble.
Jewish merchants were considering the advisability of calling a one-day strike as a protest against alleged Government laxity in affording them protection.
Meanwhile, Bucharest papers openly charged Nazis with fomenting the current disorders. They accuse Baron Witzleben, director of the local branch of the German Dresdner Bank of being the agent through whom money passes from the Nazi propaganda office to the Rumanian anti-Semitic leaders.
The conservative organ, Epoca, demanded that the Government investigate the source of funds used to finance the disorders. It charges that many of the hooligans now terrorizing the city and environs have been hired for the purpose and given cash, food and shelter for their services.
The entire press, with the exception of the anti-Semitic papers, severely criticized Minister of the Interior Ion Inculet for failing to check the incitement against Jews.
Reports were spread throughout the city that the Cuzists were preparing to make Sunday, the day they are scheduled to held an outlawed convention, a day of disaster for the Jews.
Former Premier Maniu will address a convention of the National Peasants Party at Vintul, Transylvania, Sunday. He is expected to make sensational charges against the Nazis in connection with the current disorders. (The National Peasants Party, of which Premier Maniu is the head, recently expelled Dr. Alexander Vaida-Voevod, one of its leaders, because he tried to force it to adopt an anti-Semitic platform.)
Thousands of Bessarabian Jews have been badly hit by an order, recently promulgated, which classifies them as foreigners. Most of these affected by the order have been residing in Bessarabia since the transfer of the territory from Russia, had never been granted Rumanian citizenship and were considered “stateless.” Now, as foreigners, they must obtain residence and labor permits.