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Rumania Agrees to Restore Jews from Bessarabia and Bukovina to Full Citizenship

An agreement was reached today between representatives of the Rumanian Ministry of Justice and leaders of the Jewish community to restore full citizenship rights to Jews from Bessarabia and Bukovina who surrendered their Soviet citizenship and returned to Rumania after these territories had been ceded to Russia. The agreement was arrived at after prolonged negotiations during which the government claimed these Jews had lost their Rumanian citizenship status.

The government agreed to include in the draft of its forthcoming citizenship law a provision restoring citizenship to those Jews who returned to the country after 1940 under a treaty with Russia which gave the population of the ceded areas the right to choose their own citizenship. In addition, the government representatives agreed to open Rumanian citizenship status to all Jews who resided in Rumania in 1920 and failed to apply for citizenship then.

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