Rumiantain Jews Retain Civil Rights Pending Citizenship Revision; Post-war Converts Held Jews

The Rumanian Government today cancelled a clause in the citizenship revision decree which deprived Jews of voting rights pending the revision and annulled the decision of several professional unions suspending Jewish members.

“No loss of rights results from the fact that a Rumanian citizen is subject to the revision,” the Government declared in promulgating regulations which clarify the situation of the Rumanian Jews during the revision decreed by King Carol.

The regulations for application of the decree establish categories of persons entitled to Rumanian citizenship. According to these categories the majority of the estimated 900,000 Jews are subject to the revision and must present proof to the courts that they are entitled to citizenship.

In defining the term “Jew,” the regulations specify that those persons of the Mosaic faith baptized as Christians after Nov. 18, 1918, will be considered as Jews for the purpose of the revision decree.

The Government voided the action of the official associations of lawyers, journalists, architects, engineers and accountants in suspending Jews pending revision of their citizenship and thereby depriving them of the right to practice their professions.

Thanks to strict police measures in the courts, Jewish Lawyers were enabled to take the oath to the new constitution.

Meanwhile, a decree providing that only Rumanian citizens may obtain contracts for public works was published in the official gazette.

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