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Rumanian Anti-semites Sentenced to Life Imprisonment; Minister Hits Jewish Nationalism

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Fourteen persons found guilty of murdering Jews or deporting them to death camps in Transnistria were today sentenced to prison terms ranging from life to ten years. Nine of the accused received life terms, two were given 25 years and the other sentences ranged from 10 to 12 years.

The Rumanian section of the World Jewish Congress announced today that Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Rumanian Jews, and Abraham L. Zissu, president of the Jewish Party, have been named to head a five-man delegation to represent Rumanian Jewry at the European conference of the World Jewish Congress which is slated to open in Paris on August 17.

In an interview published today in the newspaper Rumania Libera, Minister of Justice Lucretiu Patrascanu said that there is no Jewish problem in Rumania, but that “an anti-Semitic problem still remains.” Continuing, M. Patrascanau said that he considered “Jewish reactionary racial superstitions the same as the Hitlerite fascist superstitions. The chief problem for the Jewish population,” he added, “is radical abolishment of all legislation and institutions created by the former dictatorial regimes, especially that of Antonescu.”

The present government, he said, has taken steps in this direction, but one of the difficulties facing it is the lack of democratic unity within the Jewish population. The Minister of Justice expressed the hope that the recently formed Jewish Democratic Committee will remove part of the difficulties. To consider any solution “coming from abroad,” he declared, would be “futile and a means of demagogic agitation.”

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