Paris (Aug. 1)
Anti-Semitism is on the increase in Rumania, Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, chairman of the European Executive Council of the Joint Distribution Committee, told a press conference here last night, following the conclusion of an emergency parley of J.D.C. representatives in a number of European countries. The Rumanian Government, he emphasized, is not anti-Semitic, “but is unable to cope with anti-Semitism.”
Dr. Schwartz said that the failure of Congress to pass the Stratton Bill, which provides for the admission of DP’s to the United States, as well as the return of the Exodus refugees to France, lowered the morale of the displaced Jews in the camps of Germany and Austria. He expressed apprehension over the fate of the homeless Jews if they have to spend a third winter in the camps.
The quality and the quantity of the food furnished the DP’s is deteriorating, he reported. Although they receive enough calories, such items as sugar and milk are lacking. The medical and welfare services are also worsening. The newly-arrived Jewish refugees from Rumania are living entirely on J.D.C. aid, since the International Refugee Organization refuses to take care of them, he said.