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Rumania, Yielding to Protests, Rescinds Expropriations of Jewish Buildings

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Following strong protests by Jewish bodies and liberal groups, the Rumania Government announced today that it has rescinded the decree providing for the expropriation of 500 Jewish-owned buildings for use by government agencies. The government has been under constant fire since it first announced the expropriations last week.

The newspaper Jurnalul, founded by Foreign Minister Constantin Vishoyanu, said that the decree was “obviously racial, and very surprising, considering that the Armistice regulations provide for abolition of all racial laws.” The paper demanded that the government issue a statement explaining how it reconciled the decree with the armistice terms.

The Union of Jewish Communities, submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Finance which pointed out that there were several disadvantages for the government in the expropriation, firstly, it did not at present have sufficient funds to pay for the expropriated buildings; and, secondly, some of the buildings belonged to Jewish communities which are helping to feed and cloths the destitute section of the Jewish population. The Jewish Party issued a statement declaring that the decree was discriminatory.

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