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Soviet Confiscates Jewish Cemetery; Holds Three Sextons for Extortion

Drastic action against the Jewish community of Neiblize, White Russia, was ordered today by the White Russian Central Committee, the ruling body of the republic. Three gaboyim (sextons) of the Chevra Kadisha (burial society) were ordered to submit themselves to trial, and the Jewish community cemetery was confiscated and turned over to the department of communal management.

In accordance with ancient traditions, the Chevra Kadisha collected payment for burial allotments. This was interpreted by the Central Committee as the extortion of money from workers and compelling the relatives of the dead to give them religious burial.

Those arrested for trial are: Leib Feigin, Moshe Kutikow and M. Berkravzow.