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Rumanian Population Reported Developing Sympathy for Jews

Dissatisfaction with the Germans in Rumania is running high among the population there, and sympathy with the Jews is growing, according to information received here by Virgil Tiles, former Rumanian Minister in London, and leader of the Free Rumanian movement.

Speaking last night before the Anglo-Palestine Club, Tilea stated that this information reached him directly from Rumania through a neutral country. The Rumanian people, he said, are becoming sympathetic to the Jews as it is now obvious that Germans, rather than Rumanians, are being placed in the positions from which the Jews have been ousted.

The former Rumanian Minister predicted in his address that Jews in Rumania will be restored to their rights when the war is over. He urged, however, that a mutual understanding should be reached between the Jews and the post-war Rumanian government with regard to the question of “voluntary Jewish emigration” from Rumania. He pointed out that Lord Melchett, the British Zionist leader, made a similar proposal some years ago, when he suggested the gradual reduction of the Jewish population in Rumania to 600,000. The emigration of Jews from Rumania should be undertaken under a mutual economic arrangement with the Rumanian authorities, while the Jews remaining in Rumania should be allowed to share responsibility for developing the country on an equal basis with the rest of the population, Tilea said.

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