Rumania Considering Payment of Indemnities to Jews for Confiscated Property
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Rumania Considering Payment of Indemnities to Jews for Confiscated Property

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Jews in Rumania whose property was confiscated under the pro-Nazi regime will be able to ask payment of indemnities and may receive them under a plan which is now being drafted by a special government commission established by the Ministry of Justice, it was announced here today.

The plan provides that those entitled to indemnities would receive thirty percent in cash and seventy percent in bonds of the 1944 State Loan. The commission is composed of the Minister of Justice, the secretary of the Ministry, and Dr. William Filderman, leader of Rumanian Jewry. The commission is also putting final touches on a law under which Jews ejected from their homes by the previous regime will be authorized to return to their apartments.

The Jewish press in Bucharest is continuing to press for full restoration of rights to Jews. Commenting on the order recruiting Jews into the Rumanian Army from which they were barred, the papers today point out that the government has no right to ask Jews to perform civil or military duties as long as they are not given full rights.

Government circles today stated that Germany will be asked by Rumanian authorities, though the Red Cross, to permit a Red Cross mission to enter the Reich and German-occupied territory for the purpose of establishing the fate of the Rumanian Jews there. Should the German Government refuse to grant permission, Rumania will take reprisals against Germens living on Rumanian soil.

It was learned here today that of 140,000 Jews who lived in Transylvania when the province was annexed in 1940 by Hungary, only 5,000 remain. A common grave of 128 Jews who were massacred in Transylvania by German and Hungarian troops at the end of August has just been discovered by Rumanian authorities.

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