Soviet and Rumanian Embassies in Washington Deny Deportations

A spokesmen for the Soviet Embassy here said today that a report that Jews from Bukovina and Bessarabia were sent to Arctic concentration camps was “as fantastic as many stories of that kind.”

Asked about the report, a spokesman for the Rumanian Embassy here attempted to shift the inquiry to the Soviet Government, pointing out that the province of North Bukovina was administered not by Rumania but by the USSR. He suggested that if the report was true, the Jews involved were probably from North Bukovina, hence Rumania could not be expected to account for their fate. The spokesman added, however, that he thought the whole story was untrue.

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