Mass Round-ups of Jews in Rumania; 125,000 Murdered by Antonescu Government

Mass round-ups of Jews in Bucharest have been resumed by the police, allegedly in search of many Jews who the Rumanian authorities report have fled from ghettos in eastern Rumania and are now hiding in Bucharest, according to reliable reports reaching here today. A number of Jews who are charged with fleeing from ghettos in Bukovina and Bessarabia have already been arrested. Landlords of several boarding houses here who failed to report that these Jews were living in their establishments will be sent to concentration camps, the reports state.

A resume of the anti-Jewish terror in Rumania since the inception of the Antonescu regime is carried today in the Sunday Times in a report from its Ankara correspondent. According to the Times’ story 125,000 Jews have been murdered since Gen. Ion Antonescu first assumed power in Sept. 1940; and another 150,000 Jews and non-Jews have been sent to concentration camps.

Entire areas of Bukovins. Bessarabia and Moldavia have been cleared of Jews and hundreds of thousands of former Jewish residents of these provinces have been deported, murdered or sent to concentration camps, the Times reports. Property of Jews has been confiscated on a wholesale scale.

Opposition to the Antonescu regime is growing as news camps out concerning the terrible conditions in the camps and prisons which have been jammed with Jews and opponents of the Rumanian dictator, the Ankara reports disclose. Widespread fears have been voiced that a typhoid epidemic is imminent in the camps and prisons. Already several isolated cases have been discovered.

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