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Rumanian Chief Rabbi Reports in London on Situation of Jews in Rumania

A report on the situation of the situation of the Jews in Rumania was given here by the Rumanian Chief Rabbi M. Rosen to leaders of the World Jewish Congress who called on him. Rabbi Rosen, who is now visiting London, said that there is complete equality of rights for Jews as well as complete religious freedom in Rumania.

In a statement issued by the WJC leaders after their meeting with Rabbi Rosen they stressed that the WJC would welcome a renewal of regular and permanent contacts with Rumanian Jewry, both through religious leaders and through the Federation of Jewish Communities of Rumania. They expressed regret over the absence of such contact since 1948 and underlined that in its attitude toward Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, the WJC was not motivated by general political considerations, nor by cold war tension, but concerned itself only with specific Jewish problems as they arose in the East or West.

The Chief Rabbi also discussed with the Congress leaders, ways and means of renewing contact and assistance that the WJC might render Rumanian Jewry in the cultural field. The Congress leaders asked Rabbi Rosen to convey to his community and to the Rumanian Government the concern of world Jewry for the freedom and well-being of the Rumanian Jewish community. Both sides expressed conviction that free contact between Jewish communities of the East and West would contribute not only to the survival of the Jewish people, but would also foster peace and understanding among nations of the world.

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