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Czech Jews Set Up ‘masaryk-gaster Fund’ in London

Creation of a “Masaryk-Gaster Fund” was announced here last night at a memorial meeting organized by the Federation of Czechoslovakian Jews in observance of the 90th anniversary of the Czech liberator and the first anniversary of the death of Haham Gaster, the noted Jewish sage.

Proceeds of the fund will be used to assist in the emigration and settlement of refugees from Czechoslovakia, thousands of whom are outside the scope of existing refugee funds. It is hoped to raise L10,000, chiefly to assist refugees to emigrate to Palestine.

Jan Masaryk, son of the late Thomas G. Masaryk, declared at the meeting that “your cause is my cause,” asserted there was bound to be a free nation of Czechoslovakia after the war where Jews could return and affirmed his conviction that the war would go on until Hitler was destroyed.

Neville Laski, former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, expressed the opinion that if Czechoslovakia is not reconstituted after the war the Jews could not hope to resume the position in Europe which they once held. He said that the state in the world could have treated the Jews better than Czechoslovakia.

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