400 Jews from Oswiecim Camp Reach Rumania; 6,000 Repatriated Jews Hold Conference

About 400 Jews who were deported from Hungary to the notorious Oswioceim camp today reached the Rumanian city of Arad. They were among the first large group liberated from the camp by the Russian troops.

Six thousand Transylvanian Jews who have returned from Germany, of the 140,000 deported there, held a conference in Klausenberg over the week-end and set up a Union of Jewish Communities whose first task will be to organize relief for Jews and investigate the position of the 134,000 deportees who are still missing. Among those participating in the conference were ten survivors from the Oswiecin camp, including six women. The women were so badly mistreated that they have an almost inhuman appearance.

The “Voice of America” broadcast beamed here from New York today reported passage by the New York State Legislature of an anti-discrimination bill and drew the attention of the Rumanian public to it because, the broadcast said, Rumania was still showing signs of anti-Semitism and Hitlerism. “The place that Rumania will occupy among the democratic states will largely depend on its attitude towards these problems,” the broadcast added.

Chief Rabbi Shafran of Rumania today announced that Rumanian Jews will join with Jews throughout the world in observing this coming Wednesday as a day of mourning and fasting for the murdered Jews of Europe.

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