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Rumanian Minister Says Verdicts in Jassy Trial Are Warning to Advocates of Race Hatred

Vasile Vaida, Minister of Agriculture, today told a mass meeting in Jassy called to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the massacre of 14,000 Jews in that town that “the verdict against the, perpetrators of the Jassy massacre constitutes a serious warning to all those who attempt to use racial hatred to disturb the peace between the nationalities living in this country.” The defendants in the recent trial of war criminals charged with participation in the massacre received prison terms ranging from several years to life. The death sentence was recently outlawed in Rumania.

The mass memorial was attended by representatives of the government, the army, Jewish organizations and the Greek Orthodox Church, Dr. N. Guttman, chief rabbi of Jassy, conducted a special memorial service. The government’s action in granting the right of pension to the survivors of the massacre was highly lauded by several of the speakers.