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Manian Jews Hail Establishment of Republic at Meeting Marking Iron Guard Massacre

January 12, 1948
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A mass meeting held last night in the Great Synagogue here adopted a resolution hailing the abolition of the monarchy which "for almost a century–with the aid of the reactionary parties–oppressed Jews, depriving them of their elementary civil rights, while the popular republic is fighting all as and guarantees Rumanian Jewry free development on an equal level with all nationalities in the country."

The meeting was called by the Jewish Community Council and the Jewish Democratic Committee on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Iron Guard rebellion which "was the prelude to Antonescu’s criminal war against Russia, which cost the lives of 400,000 Rumanian Jews." The meeting also heard reports on the growth of anti-Semitism in Western Europe.Police in the Transylvanian town of Satu Mare have arrested two smugglers named Janos and Guyla on charges of murdering five Bucharest Jews last October while ?tensibly guiding them across the border. Police said that the two criminals admitted that the five Jews–three men and two women were reported to possess large sums of money which they carried on their person. They said they murdered the Jews while they crossed the Rumanian-Hungarian frontier.

(The Rumanian Information Ministry bas closed down five periodicals, including the only Jewish weekly newspaper, according to a report reaching Vienna from Bucharest.)

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