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March 30, 1984 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-03-30

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Friday, March 30, 1984

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Zurich (JTA) — Chief
Rabbi Moses Rosen of
Romania confirmed this
week that certain press and
literary circles in his coun-
try have launched an anti-
Semitic campaign. He told
the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that "the situation
in Romania is serious" and
expressed the hope that
President Nicolae
Ceausescu will intervene
before the situation gets out
of hand.
Rosen, who has been a
member of the Romanian
Parliament for 27 years,
paid tribute to Ceausescu
and said he presumed that
the president was not fully
aware of what was going on.
The chief rabbi returned
from a three-month trip to
Israel on March 7 and said
he found most of Romania's
29,000 Jews scared, some
actually panicky, about re-
cent anti-Semitic publica-
tions.
Rosen said that before his
departure for Switzerland a
few days ago, he filed a legal
complaint with the chief
Romanian Army Prosecutor
charging the authors of the
anti-Semitic slurs with in-
citement to racial hatred,
spreading anti-Semitic
propaganda and fascist ac-
tivities. All of these are con-
sidered crimes under the
country's criminal code
which specifies that the
army prosecutor is respon-
sible for investigations re-
lating to fascist crimes or
activities.
Anti-Semitic articles
have appeared over the last
few months in a number of
papers, including Scanteia
Tineretului, the Romanian
equivalent of the Soviet
Union's Komsomolskaya
Pravda, as well as in the
local Bucharest paper pub-
lished by the Communist
Party.
The worst of the attacks
appeared in a book of
nationalist poems by Cor-
neliu Valerian Tudor. The
book, which appeared last
December and has been
widely distributed, con-
tained material reminis-
cent of the worst war-time
anti-Semitic literature. The
material in the book said
that Jews were "cursed" for
being "Thieves and corrup-
tors, people with no con-
science and no sense of loy-
alty, who have no patriotic
links whatsoever to their
country and only think of
how to exploit it."
Valerian Tudor, who has
a long anti-Semitic history,
does not seem to have been

Rabbi Rosen
disciplined for his racist at-
tacks and continues to pub-
lish articles in various local
publications. The editor
who dealt with his work at
the state-controlled pub-
lishing firm has been rep-
rimanded and had her sal-
ary reduced for three
months as an administra-
tive sanction.
Rosen said he was certain
that Ceausescu was not
aware of what was going on
in certain anti-Semitic cir-
cles. He pointed out that
Romania's official attitude
toward its Jewish citizens
remains unchanged. He
cited, as an example, the
fact that the Jewish com-
munity choir which comes
to Switzerland to help
launch the United Jewish
Appeal campaign there did
not encounter any problem
obtaining exit visas and all
the necessary authorization
for their travel.

In New York, Edgar
Bronfman, president of the
World Jewish Congress,
sent a cable to Ceausescu
expressing "grave concern"
over the anti-Semitic cam-
paign and stated, "We are
sure that your intervention
will achieve the cessation of
such shocking events."
Bronfman also sent a cable
to Rosen assuring him, "we
shall continue to give you
our moral support in every
way as in the past." Rosen is
a member of the WJC gov-
erning board.
Elan Steinberg, director
of the WJC-American Sec-
tion, said that Bronfman
decided to approach
Ceausescu when it became
clear that a series of con-
tacts with lower govern-
ment officials had failed to
stem the outpouring of
anti-Semitic material.
Steinberg disclosed that the
WJC has also been holding
discussions with American
government officials on the
problem.

Detroit Round Table plans
kids parley on good will

The Greater Detroit
Round Table of the National
Conference of Christians
and Jews, Inc., will sponsor
its 32nd annual conference
on "Rearing Children of
Good Will" on April 13 at
the Mercy. College Confer-
ence Center. The theme this
year is: "The Future of Life
Is A Human Responsibil-
ity."

The conference is open to
eighth-12th grade students
of metropolitan Detroit as
well as parents, college stu-
dents and community lead-
ers.

The cost of the conference
includes lunch and registra-
tion materials. For informa-
tion call Barbara Gray,
869-6306.

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