2 Rumanian Statesmen Hit Christea’s Attack on Jews

TWO RUMANIAN STATESMEN TODAY CONDEMNED AN ATTACK ON THE JEWS BY PATRIARCH MIRON CHRISTEA AND WARNED THAT THE GREEK ORTHODOX PRELATE’S DIATRIBE MIGHT LEAD TO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THIS COUNTRY.

CAROL PETER PETRESCU, ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE RADICAL NATIONAL PEASANT PARTY, SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM TO PARLIAMENT CRITICIZING THE PATRIARCH’S STATEMENT AND POINTING OUT THE ACTION OF THE OFFICIAL CENSOR IN SUPPRESSING PRESS COMMENT LEFT THE IMPRESSION THE GOVERNMENT ENDORSED CHRISTEA’S OPINION.

PROFESSOR MIRCEA DJUYARA, FORMER MINISTER OF JUSTICE, DECLARED IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NEWSPAPER CURENTUL THAT WITHOUT THE JEWS RUMANIA WOULD BE IN DANGER OF ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. HE REMINDED RUMANIANS THAT THE JEWS HAD GIVEN THEM THEIR RELIGION.

AT THE SAME TIME, NATIONALIST NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED AN APPEAL BY EX-PREMIER NICOLAE JORGA URGING RUMANIANS TO MOBILIZE “FOR A WAR OF CONSCIENCE TO RECONQUER ALL THEY HAVE LOST” AND TO BREAK CONTACT WITH THE JEWS. HE ACCUSED THE JEWS OF THROTTLING THE CHURCH, TAKING AWAY SHOPS, OCCUPYING RUMANIAN POSITIONS, POLLUTING RUMANIANS’ MORALITY AND SOULS.

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