NEW YORK (Aug. 29)
The belief that all anti-Jewish laws in Rumania have been abolished by the newly-formed government which has joined the Allies and declared war against Germany was expressed here today by Charles A. Davila, former Rumanian Minister to the United States and honorary president of the Rumanian-American Alliance for Democracy.
Mr. Davila was certain that an announcement to this effect will be made shortly over the Bucharest radio. “Rumania is the first Axis satellite in Eastern Europe to do the right thing, although its geographic and strategic position is much more difficult than that of others,” he said in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
“If Rumania succeeds in making the Carpathian defenses of Germany untenable, her contribution to the Allied victory will be considerable,” Mr. Davila continued. “She has taken serious risks of Nazi retaliation. As a Rumanian, I am proud of it. Bucharest has already been bombed by the Germans.
“The event proves how right President Roosevelt was when he made a difference between the Rumanian people and their fascist government, in his address to Congress in 1942, demanding that war be declared against Rumania. Indeed, the people have brought Rumania to this side as soon as a military possibility presented itself. If former King Carol, who could not be trusted by the Russians, and who appointed his dictatorial successor, Antonescu, in 1940, had not ousted Titulesou in 1936 and had not proclaimed a fascist dictatorship, Rumania would have never fought Russia, on whose side it obtained its independence and unity in 1877 and 1916.
“When Germany capitulates, the present regime will have to yield power to a new, fully democratic regime that will proceed to constitutional social and economic changes and pursue towards Soviet Russia the same policy as Czechoslovakia,” Mr. Davila concluded.