Split in Rumanian Cabinet Results in Temporary Halting of Jewish Deportations

The deportation of Rumanian Jews to Transnistria, the Rumanian-administered part of the Ukraine, has been temporarily halted due to differences of opinion in the Rumanian cabinet on the entire Jewish issue, it was reported today in the Neue Zuericher Zeitung, a liberal Swiss newspaper.

The report states that some members of the Rumanian cabinet have expressed the fear that the present drastic anti-Jewish policy of Premier Antonescu will have a devastating effect upon Rumania’s economy. They, therefore, advocate the retention of certain categories of Jews in Rumania, permitting them to continue their businesses unmolested. As a result of the insistent attitude taken by these ministers, the Rumanian cabinet decided to establish a commission for the purpose of investigating the effect of the anti-Jewish laws upon the economic life of the country, the report reveals.

Hungarian newspapers reaching here today from Budapest report that fifty thousand “Aryans” stormed the Rumanization Office in Bucharest trying to secure the flats of four thousand Jews who were evicted from their homes in the Rumanian capital and deported to Transnistria. At the same time the German radio announced today that the Rumanian Government has issued a decree banning the sale and circulation of all books written by Jewish authors. Bookshops and libraries throughout the country were ordered to display lists of the banned books and the public was informed that only certain libraries will be permitted to have them on their shelves, and no one will be able to read them without special permission.

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