WASHINGTON (Dec. 18)
The Reagan Administration has charged that the recent reappearance of anti-Semitic tracts in the Rumanian government controlled media could not have occurred without the knowledge of the authorities in that country.
The charge was contained in the latest semi-annual report on the implementation of the Helsinki Final Act. Among the evidence cited was an article in the official Communist youth paper in Bucharest which claimed that foreigners, identified by recognizable Jewish names, are “poisoning the spirit of Rumania.”
In addition, a recently published book of Rumanian folklore and proverbs was praised by the official government newspaper for anecdotes describing Jews as voracious money-lenders. Derogatory names were used to refer to Jewish characters in these tales.