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Roumanian Prince Protests Against Anti-semitism, Resigns

January 5, 1923
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Declaring that the Government, particularly the Minister of Education Anghelescu, is conducting a “two-faced policy” with reference to the agitation for the exclusion of Jewish University students, Prince Mathei Contcuzina, Professor of Civil law. and formerly director of the Jassy University, resigned his professorship.

Prince Contcuzina intends his resignation, he asserts, to serve as a protest against the anti-Jewish violations and against the Government for supporting the anti-Semitic Professor Cuza, who is held responsible for the incitement of the student body, while pretending to oppose the limitation of Jewish admissions.

Deputy Lupu, a former Minister, while addressing Parliament, strongly attacked what he referred to as the anti-Jewish policy of the Government. He declared that public opinion in America was following the Jewish situation in Roumania with interest, and that during his recent lecture tour he always heard references to Roumania as the “country of petroleum and persecution of Jews”.

Evidences are not wanting that the authorities are anxious to make an end to the students’ recalcitrance. Proposed student meetings at Jassy and Czernowitz were prohibited in consequence of the Government order declaring all assemblies on university campus as illegal.

A warning that the student agitation may penetrate into the villages, causing anarchy among the peasants is sounded by Nemu L’Romanescu, a liberal organ, which urges the Government to take all measures for the suppression of the students’ activities.

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