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Roumanian Jews Ask Government Investigation of Buzeau Riots

January 9, 1929
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A memorandum urging the Maniu government to order a thorough investigation of the anti-Jewish riot in Buzea, Moldavia, was submitted to Prime Minister Maniu, by the former Jewish Senator, Horiah Karp.

The memorandum was submitted on the same day that Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Roumanian Jews of Bucharest transmitted to the Prime Minister a cablegram from the United Roumanian Jews of America expressing confidence in the good intentions of the new government.

In connection with the disturbances at Buzea, it is reported here that the police have arrested the rioters. A government official, Mihail Negulessen, and three others, including the secretary of the secondary school in Buzeau, were arrested. All were armed with revolvers and knives. The police also found on them anti-Semitic literature.

The Roumanian radio news agency carried a report stating that the authorities in Bureau arrested a band which had terrorized the Jewish population. The band was guilty of invading and plundering Jewish homes and beating Jewish residents. The government has taken strict measures to prevent the recurrence of such disturbances.

The “Dreptatea,” the government’s official organ, commented yesterday on the declaration read in parliament by the Club of Jewish Deputies on the opening of the session.

“The Declaration confirms our conviction that the Jewish interests were never contradictory to the national interests of the Roumanian government,” the organ states. “Roumanian Jewry represents a part of the Roumanian nation.”

A circular was sent to the elementary and secondary schools in the country by Minister of Education Costacescu, ordering that in schools where the number of Jewish pupils is considerable, the program should be arranged to avoid the necessity of writing on Saturday. On this day preference should be given to gymnastics, singing, etc.

It the school programs have already been arranged, the Jewish pupils, wherever possible, are to be freed from writing on the Sabbath. The children of rabbis must absolutely be exempt from writing on the Sabbath.

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