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20,000 Jews Evacuate Sudeten Area; Jewish Party Pledges Loyalty to Regime

Only about 2,000 Jews of a population of 22,000 have remained in the Sudeten German districts, which have also been deserted by the Czech population, a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent found in a survey of principal Sudeten cities.

Owing to energetic measures by the Czechoslovak authorities, immovable Jewish property, including a number of historic synagogues, has remained intact. a portion of the religious objects have been removed by rabbis to Praha, where they have been turned over to the Supreme Council of Jewish Communities, and part of them left under control of the Czechoslovak authorities.

Rosh Hashonah worshippers throughout the country consisted almost, exclusively of women and old men, since all Jewish youths have been mobilized. Improvised Rosh Hashonah field services were held by Jewish soldiers on duty at the frontiers.

The Jewish Party of Czechoslovakia has wired President Eduard Benes an expression of loyalty to the Government and preparedness to make sacrifices for the State.

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