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Disorders Break out in Rumanian Towns; Cabinet Boasts ‘victory’ at Geneva

February 6, 1938
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Serious anti-Jewish excesses broke out today in Moldavian villages while the Rumanian Cabinet boasted of a victory on the Jewish question at Geneva.

Peasants stormed the town of Moinesti, following a meeting of Premier Octavian Goga’s National Christian Party, and beat up Jews, demolishing Jewish-owned shops on the main street. Disorders also occurred in the neighboring village of Garlele, inhabited largely by Jews.

The Cabinet met, after King Carol had listened to a report on the League of Nations Council proceedings in an audience with Foreign Minister Istrate Micescu, and issued the following statement: “Rumania has won the day at the League, which has not accepted the urgency procedure. Thus Rumania has obtained full liberty to revise citizenships obtained by fraud, contrary to law and the peace treaties.”

At a press conference later, Mr. Micescu expressed satisfaction with the results achieved at Geneva, declaring: “The problem of the Jewish minority leaves, for two months, the field of foreign politics and re-enters, as before 1919, the field of internal politics. It is up to the Rumanians and to the Foreign Minister, no matter who he is, to remove, after the two months, the problem from the files of the League. My object was to prepare the final victory and my conscience is satisfied that I won the first struggle.”

Patriarch Miron Christea, supreme leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, yesterday issued an order forbidding the clergy to baptize Jews who are not Rumanian citizens. Priests were instructed to examine carefully each case and to baptize only those Jews who give evidence of profound conviction and not personal interests.

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