Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Survey:Support Exists for "Jew-Free" Romania; Many Romanians Opposed to Jewish Residents

Nearly a quarter of Romanian respondents on a survey on Jews said their country should have no Jewish residents, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (August 5, 2015).

The results of the survey among 1,000 Romanian adults was published last week by the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania, which commissioned the Center for Opinion and Market Studies to conduct the poll in June.

Eleven percent described Jews as "a problem for Romania" whereas 22 percent said they would like Jews only as tourists.

Romania -- whose predominant religion is Greek Orthodox -- used to have a Jewish population of over 750,000 before its pro-Nazi regime, led by Ion Antonescu, collaborated in the murder of about half of Romanian Jewry in the Holocaust. Today, Romania has only a few thousand Jews, mostly living in its capital of Bucharest.

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