Transylvanian Jewish Groups in Dispute over Custody of Heirless Property

Although the Ministry of Justice has ordered that pending ratification of the peace treaty with the Allied powers, heirless Jewish property in Northern Trensylvania be transferred to the custody of local Jewish communities, complaints have been received by the World Jewish Congress office here that the Jewish Democratic Committee, which has been administering such property for the government, is refusing to surrender it.

The newspaper of the Jewish Democratic Committee in Cluj defends the attitude of the Committee, stating that under the terms of the peace treaty heirless property should not be administered by individual communities, but by the large Jewish organizations capable of guaranteeing the reconstruction of Jewish institutions. It says further that the sections of the Committee in Northern Transylvania are more representative of local Jews than the Jewish community councils. The paper adds that the Democratic Committee cannot agree to surrender the property until a special commission to administer heirless property is established.

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