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Rabbis Arrested in Slovakia; Jews Ordered to Mark Their Doors with Yellow Stars

A number of Rabbis and Jewish leaders were arrested this week in Slovakia for alleged “anti-State activities” and on the charge of “spreading alarming reports,” according to a report by the Slovak News Agency reaching here today.

The report also gives details of the arrest of Pastor Puskas in Zvolen, whose internment was announced several days ago. According to the Slovak News Agency, the Calvinist pastor was charged with baptizing 400 Jews within three days in order to enable them to circumvent the anti-Jewish restrictions. Changes in the existing legislation which will make the conversion of Jews illegal are expected to be introduced in Slovakia in the next few days.

A decree issued in Slovakia today under the signature of Sano Mach, the Minister of Interior, orders all Jews to mark their doors with a yellow Mogen David. This was ordered in order to make it easier for the Nazi-controlled Slove police and secret service men to distinguish between Jewish and non-Jewish homes when carrying out night raids on Jews.