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Bulgaria Plans Small Ghetto Communities for Jews; Closes Many Synagogues

Small ghetto communities for Jews, consisting of at least fifty families, will be established in Bulgaria, the Nazi Transocean News Service reported today from Sofia, quoting an announcement by the Commissariate for Jewish Affairs. All property within those communities will be held collectively, the report stated, adding that the heads of these Jewish “ghetto collectives” will be appointed by the Government.

At the same time, according to the Transocean dispatch, the Commissioner for Jewish Affairs announced that all synagogues serving fewer than 150 Jews will be closed. No new synagogues can be built and Jewish schools may be used for technical education only, the Sofia announcement said.