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Hurschmant Will Go to Bulgaria to Bnsure Arrogation of Anti-jewish Laws is Enforced

Ira A. Hirschmann, United States War Refugee Board representative in Turkey, is preparing to leave for Bulgaria to check on whether all anti-Jewish restrictions have been removed, it was learned here today.

Mr. Hirschmann is waiting only for an armistice to be signed here between the Bulgarian Government and the Allies. It is known that one clause of the armistice terms commits the Bulgarian Government to grant equal rights to all citizens. It is to ensure that this clause will be carried out that the WRB representative will go to Sofia. The Bulgarians have already issued decrees abrogating the anti-Jewish laws and restoring the franchise to all citizens.

The clause barring racial or religious discrimination is felt to be of utmost importance, since it will set a precedent for other armistice terms, especially with Hungary and Romania.

As a result of the change of government in Sofin last week the armistice negotiations have been delayed as it is not known whether the Bulgarian delegates presently conferring with the Anglo-American representatives here have authority, any longer, to speak for their government.