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Rumanian Jews Sentenced to Death for Evading Slave Labor for Germans

May 16, 1944
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Many Rumanian Jews have been sentenced to death for illegedly evading compulsory labor for the German war machine, according to a Bucharest dispatch by the Nazi Transkontinent press.

At the same time, Rumanian newspapers reaching here report that a Jewish slave laborer at a camp in the Banat district has been shot “for attempting to escape,” while another has been sentenced to life imprisonment for fleeing the oil fields at Ploesti which supply much of Germany’s oil.

An announcement reported by the official German news bureau, DNB, today, indicates that there has been a general tightening of the anti-Jewish restrictions in Rumania. The broadcast said that the Ministry for Jewish Affairs, which functioned under the Labor Ministry, has been dissolved, and a similarly named organization has been created under the direct supervision of Marshal Antonescu.

German-language newspapers in Rumania, meanwhile, are calling on the government to take measures against Rumanian Jews who, it is alleged, are returning from Hungary, to which they fled when anti-Semitic laws were first introduced in Rumania in 1940.

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