Palestine Will Have No Purim Festivities; $100,000 Spent on Club for U.S. Soldiers
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Palestine Will Have No Purim Festivities; $100,000 Spent on Club for U.S. Soldiers

The traditional street carnival which is held here every year on Purim will not take place this year in view of the tragic situation of the Jews in Nazi Europe. Nor will any Purim festivities be held this year throughout Palestine, the Jewish National Council decided today.

It was announced today that the sum of $100,000 was spent to renovate the Palatin Hotel here, which houses the soldiers’ club which the American Red Cross opened on Sunday for men in the American armed forces stationed in Palestine. The club was opened by U. S. Consul Pinkerton in the presence of the Palestine High Commissioner, high military officers and members of the executive of the Jewish Agency.

An exhibition containing material on the life and works of the late Thomas G. Masaryk, “father” of the Czechoslovakian Republic, was opened in Jerusalem today by the Czech authorities in connection with the 93rd anniversary of his birth, which is being celebrated throughout Palestine.

In a message read at the opening of the exhibition, Jan Masaryk, present Foreign Minister of the Czech Government-in-Exile, who was a close collaborator of his father, expressed satisfaction that the Czech exhibition is being held in Palestine. The press here devotes considerable space to the late President of Czechoslovakia in connection with the birthday celebration.