France Protests Use of Blum’s Name for Rumanian Anti-semitic Propaganda

Threatened anti-Jewish disorders in connection with the convention of the Cuzists failed to occur today as Jews remained in their homes and special gendarmes brought from provincial cities patrolled the streets.

Minister Lefevre d’Ormesson of France invited Rumanian press representatives to a conference and expressed his Government’s displeasure that the name of Premier Leon Blum, a Jew, was being used for anti-Jewish propaganda.

It was reliably learned that France has protested to the Rumanian Government against the continued anti-French demonstrations and has demanded a clarification of its attitude toward her.

It was announced over the Government-controlled radio station this afternoon that quiet prevailed in Bucharest and throughout the country. However, the usual leaves for the Bucharest garrison were can-celled and troops remained in the barracks, prepared for possible contingencies.

The usually crowded streets of the capital were deserted. Jewish communal leaders had instructed Jews to remain at home in order not to give Cuzists an excuse for anti-Semitic provocations.

The authorities took the first energetic measures against the Cuzists yesterday by closing their Blue House, party headquarters in Bucharest and the prototype of the Nazis Brown House.

Police have been given instructions to arrest all rioters and to stop anyone molesting pedestrians.

A detachment of 25 policemen has been assigned to guard the offices of the Jewish Community until Monday.

Meanwhile, newspapers reported yesterday that an additional 1,000 Cuzists have arrived in Bucharest to attend today’s convention of adherents of the notorious anti-Semite, Dr. Alexander Cuza. Holding of the convention has been forbidden by the authorities under a regulation barring all meetings until July 12.

Yesterday, despite the instructions to police, molestation of Jews continued in Bucharest and other parts of Rumania. Jews were thrown from a Bucharest-Czernowitz train.

Burning of newspapers continued. A large truckload of Democratic newspapers was burned near the railway station.

The Union of Rumanian Jews sent a memorandum to Premier Tatarescu outlining the danger to Jews in the present situation. Another memorandum was dispatched to the Chief of Police asking special protection for Jews tomorrow in connection with the Cuzist convention.

King Carol returned unexpectedly today from a hunting trip. It was learned that when he left Friday, Minister Fabricius of Germany was the only diplomatic official he invited to accompany him.

A delegation of Jewish lawyers interviewed Minister of Justice Valeriu Pop in connection with the attack on the steps of the Supreme Court Building, during which Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Rumanian Jews, was injured.

A group of Iron Guardists (members of the outlawed anti-Semitic organization which more than two years ago assassinated Premier Ion Duca) clashed with non-Jewish workers at Petrosani, stabbing two of them. The Guardists shouted “Heil, Hitler;” as they attacked. There were no arrests.

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