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Rumanian Legation in Washington Attacks Zionists; Says Rumanian Jews Well Treated

The legation of Rumania today issued a press release attacking “the hostile aims of Zionist propaganda” and claiming that the Rumanian communist government has done much to advance the “dignity and equality” of Rumanian Jewry. The report states that 50,000 Jewish workers have learned skilled trades in heavy industry since 1949.

The Rumanians allege Jews are well-treated “despite the fact that the Zionists, representing the interests of the Jewish bourgeoisie and closely connected with internal and foreign enemies of the Rumanian people, tried to exploit the fact that the majority of the Jews could not at once enter productive labor, situations whose responsibility they share with their friends, the former rulers of the country.”

The release reported that the Jewish Democratic Committee of Rumania, a communist-controlled body, showed the Jewish working people “the nefarious role of the accomplices of the bourgeois-landlords and the fascist Antonescu’s regime played by the Jewish capitalists in Rumania.” It was said that there has been cultivated in Rumania among the Jews “a spirit of fraternal cooperation with the Rumanian working people” and that they have been acquainted at the same time with the hostile aims of Zionist propaganda.”

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