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Situation in Borscha Quiet but Poverty of Peasants Makes Crisis Imminent

August 1, 1930
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The situation in Borscha, the scene of the recent disastrous fire of anti-Semitic origin, is quiet but it may not be of long durance, according to reports reaching Bucharest today. The economic depression, unemployment and the poverty following upon the fire have embittered the peasants. Peasant delegations are appearing almost daily before the Borscha chief of police asking for aid to avoid starvation.

At the same time an official investigating commission, including a number of prominent Bucharest officials and the state’s attorney of Oradea Mare, has arrived in Borscha. The members of the commission questioned the participants in the anti-Semitic disturbances and visited the homes of the chief agitators, Fathers Benderi and Dumitrescu. The results of their queries, have, however, been kept secret. The commission has nevertheless given a warning to Bucharest that the anti-Jewish disturbances in Borscha are due to the poverty of the peasants. The need for urgent relief to avoid a repetition of the disturbances is stressed.

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