Jewish Life Returning to Normal in Liberated Bukcvina Capital: 12,000 Survive

Jewish Life in the Liberated city of Czernowitz, capital of Bukovina, is resuming a normal pattern after more than three years of continuous Nazi terror, it was reported here today. All Jewish schools, including one high school have been ripened and the Jewish theatre is again giving performances in Yiddish for the Local population as well as for Jewish soldiers of the Red Army.

Only about 12,000 Jews now live in the city which had a Jewish population of about 65,000 before the outbreak of the war. The remainder were either exterminated in camps or died in Transnistria where they were departed by the pro-Nazi Rumanian government. In addition to the surviving local Jews, Jews are now arriving in Czernowitz from Transnistria who were saved from Nazi extermination by the speedy attack of the Red Army which occupied the places of their exile before the Germans had a chance to annihilate the Jewish deportees.

The number of these repatriates is estimated to reach about 5,000. They present a frightful picture of old, emaciated and ragged people, N. Gininger, a Jewish teacher, reported today upon his arrival here from the Liberated city of Czernowitz.

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