Anti-semites Routed in Roumanian Elections
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Anti-semites Routed in Roumanian Elections

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anti-Semitic disorders. Police made more than twenty arrests.

The anti-Semitic Iron Guard, banned before the election, and with its leaders in flight or under arrest, was unable to put candidates in the field. However, they instructed anti-Semites to vote for the slate headed by Professor Alexander Cuza. The anti-Semitic party received less than 5 percent of the vote.

The slate put in the field by Jewish groups was reported to have done well on the basis of incomplete returns.

The election of the Duca slate and the defeat of the anti-Semite groups was widely hailed in Jewish quarters since the government headed by Dr. Duca, in its brief tenure of office, had taken firm and effective steps to quell the activities of the Iron Guard, the Cuzists and the Roumanian Nazis. While it is generally understood that these measures were taken, not only to protect the Jews, but because the anti-Semitic organizations were also very much opposed to the Duca government, nevertheless Jews in Roumania have expressed the belief that their destinies were in safer hands with Dr. Duca and his Liberal party in power.

The measures employed by the Duca government before the elections to suppress anti-Semitic outbreaks, coupled with the strong statement yesterday by King Carol of Roumania to the effect that racial and religious discriminations had no place in Roumanian life were accepted by many Jewish leaders as evidence that the new government, with a parliamentary majority behind it, would continue its firm policies.

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