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Heinrich Stahl, Former Head of Berlin Jewish Community, Dies in Exile

Heinrich Stahl, 74, former president of the Jewish community in Berlin, who was deported from the German capital together with his wife last June, has died in the fortress city of Terezin in Czechoslovakia, where the Nazis have concentrated tens of thousands of Jews from the Czech Protectorate and other countries in Western Europe, it was learned here today. The president of the Jewish community in Terezin, M. Edelstein, is reported to have delivered a eulogy at a simple funeral ceremony at the cemetery.

Active in Jewish affairs for many years, Dr. Stahl was president of the Berlin Jewish community from 1933, when the Nazis came to power, until he was sent to Terezin last summer. As such, he was one of the chief spokesmen for German Jews in their dealings with the Nazi officials and government. In the Spring of 1940 Dr. Stahl planned to leave Germany for Brussels, where his children lived, but was prevented from emigrating by the Gestapo which ordered him to remain as a hostage.