Gestapo Raids Jewish Offices in Rumania; Confiscates Lists of Jewish Emigrants

The Gestapo has raided Jewish offices in Bucharest where lists of Rumanian Jews who are awaiting transportation to Turkey en route to Palestine were kept, it was reported here today from Rumania. The lists were confiscated, the report said.

(In Washington, John W. Pehle, executive director of the War Refugee Board, disclosed over the week-end that more than 40,000 civilian victims of Nazi oppression, obviously Rumanian Jews who had been deported to Transnistria, succeeded in reaching Rumania prior to the retreat of the German armies from Transnistria. Many of them expected to receive Turkish transit visas in Bucharest to enable them to reach Palestine. Mr. Pehle also revealed that Ira Hirschmann, the W.R.B. representative in Turkey, is due shortly in Washington for “urgent consultation.” He emphasized that new developments make it impossible to say how much longer evacuation of Jews from the Balkan countries can be carried out through the Near East.)

German newspapers reaching here today report that the Rumanian authorities have ordered many Jews in Bucharest to leave their homes before the end of April. The houses will be occupied by “Aryans,” the report said.

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