ISRAEL: Rumanian Exodus

The exodus began last September. On the holiest of Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur, word spread through Bucharest synagogues that after six long years their prayers had been answered. The Communist Rumanian government was registering Jews for permits to leave for Israel.

Since then, in a hushed movement that all sides are anxious to minimize, some 10,000 Rumanian Jews have crossed the Iron Curtain carrying exit papers for Israel. In Rumania, long known for its virulent antiSemitism, the Jews get little help from anyone. During the Nazi occupation, their numbers were reduced...

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