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Rumania Names Commission to Map Fate of Denationalized Jews

The Ministry of Justice announced that it has appointed A special commission to deal with Jews who have been deprived of their citizenship in the recently concluded revision of naturalizations decreed by king carol. After several meetings the commission decided to divide the denaturalized Jews into two categories, comprising those living in Rumania or the new provinces before annexation in 1918 and those settling in the country after 1918. Both categories will be under the control of the authorities, with stricter supervision being provided for the second class.

It is estimated that 40 per cent of Rumanian Jews have been disenfranchised by the revision.

Minister of Interior Petrescu-Comnen received Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Rumanian Jews, in a one-hour audience and discussed the position of the denaturalized Jews. Dr. Filderman is understood to be preparing a memorandum regarding the denationalized for submission to cabinet members within a few days. Regulations defining the status of the denationalized are expected to be issued this week. Jewish circles believe there are two possibilities regarding the future status of those who have lost citizenship — either that there will be regarded as foreigners, without civil rights, or they will have rights similar to Jews in pre-war Rumania, where Jews were not classed as citizens and now allowed to occupy Government positions, but were otherwise free to exercise any profession and to serve in the army.

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