Bucharest (Sep. 3)
The Ministry of Justice has instructed the high courts throughout the country to give special attention to applications filed by Jews making the return of homes from which they were ousted during the Antonescu regime. The ruling was necessary because of complaints from the provinces that, despite the solution of this clause in the restitution laws, judges were rejecting all such applications.
The stabilization of Rumanian currency has brought the work of all Jewish organizations in the country to a standstill and they are presently without funds since the old currency cannot yet be converted into the new. Consequently, Jewish relief groups have been unable to claim shipments which are waiting at the port of Constanza. The OSE and Hechalutz organizations were compelled to liquidate their summer colonies in order to pay the salaries of their employees. The new price levels and exchange rates have also forced the J.D.C. to revise its assistance programs ?dically. Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, European director of the J.D.C., will arrive here soon to discuss the situation with Government officials.
In accordance with a recently-enacted law transferring war crimes cases to the Bucharest and Cluj appeal courts, 683 dossiers of alleged war criminals have been turned over to special prosecutors. Meanwhile, the Minister of War has signed a document transferring the Jassy massacre case from a military court to the Bucharest appeal court. It is expected that the trial will be the first war crimes case to be heard in this court.