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Rumanian Edict Bars Jews, Foreigners As Waiters

January 31, 1938
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All Jewish waiters and waitresses in restaurants, cafes, saloons and other public refreshment places must be dismissed and their positions filled from the ranks of Christian unemployed, under a new decree made public today by the Ministry of Labor. The decree also forbids employment of foreigners as waiters.

The Central Council of Rumanian Jews immediately wired Premier Octavian Goga a protest, contending the measure would throw out of jobs this Winter thousands of Jews “whose only fault is that they were born Jews.”

The Czernowitz authorities, it was reported here, have closed the offices of a number of Jewish organizations, including Misdeh, a cultural and social union, the Union of Bessarabian Jews, and the hachshara (training center) of the labor Zionist Poale-Zion organization.

The Rumanian Federation of Sport decided to introduce a numerus clausus for all teams representing Rumania in international matches. The Nationalist newspaper, Curentul, reported that a meeting of Christian students at Czernowitz adopted a resolution demanding a numerus clausus on Jews at Czernowitz University and threatening to declare a strike if the demand was not fulfilled.

Father John Lupas, Minister of Religions, announced in an interview that a decree would soon be issued making religious marriage services obligatory for Christians. The object of the measure is apparently to prevent marriages between Jews and Christians.

Porunca Vremii, organ of the National Christian Party, reported that Undersecretary of State Hondos, in charge of propaganda, told the German press in Berlin, where he is on a visit, that Rumania and Germany will soon start close cultural cooperation.

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