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Czechoslovak Jews, Liberated in Italy, Leave to Join Czech Army in Russia

Farewell to a group of Czechoslovak Jewish officers leaving to fight with the Czechoslovakian Army in Russia was given here today at an impressive military service held “somewhere in England.”

The officers are the first Czechoslovak Jews Liberated from Axis Europe. They had left Czechoslovakia for Palestine in 1940. Their ship was sunk and they landed on an unpopulated island in the Mediterranean. Italian pilots intercepted the S.C.S. signals they flashed by means of hand-mirrors. They were taken later to internment on the mainland, at Ferramonti, where they were freed by the Allies.