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140,000 Jews Live in Present Day Turkey; 80,000 in Constantinople, Figures Show

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Figures on the Jewish population in Turkey were contained in a report published in the “Juedische Rundschau,” Zionist German weekly.

According to this report, 140,000 Jews are now resident in Turkey. Eighty thousand live in Constantinople, 30,000 in Smyrna, 10,000 in Adrianople and the rest in the smaller communities throughout the country. The greater part of the Jewish population in Turkey is of Spanish Jewish origin. The number of Ashkenazic Jews amounts to about 10,000. They are concentrated mainly in Constantinople.

The newspaper quotes a Jewish notable of Turkey on the recent controversy concerning the renunciation of the national minority rights by the Jewish National Assembly of Turkey. This act does not imply the surrender of the distinctive Jewish institutions, he said. The Jews of Turkey, however, are convinced that the safeguarding of their distinctive interests is possible within the Turkish constitution. Turkish Jews are mainly interested in the school question and require, especially, the establishment of technical schools and artisan workshops.

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