Jews of Rumania and Poland Re-establish Contact; Conference of Rabbis Convoked

The first direct contact between the Jews of liberated Galicia and the Jews of Rumania was made today with the arrival here of Rabbi Merdecai Rosenblatt, of Lwow, to represent orthodox Jewry of the Lwow and Stanislawow districts at a rabbinnical conference opening in Bucharest.

Rabbi Rosenblatt, who is twenty-six years old, fought with the Jewish partisans in occupied Poland and distinguished himself in the struggle against the German occupation forces. In an interview with the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency he estimated that of the 400,000 Jews who lived in Eastern Galicia before the outbreak of the war no more than 9,000 survive. Of them, 1,600 are now in ?wow, 2,000 in Drchobycz and 800 in Stanislawow.

Mass-graves containing the bodies of more than 110,000 massacred Jews have been found in a number of towns in Eastern Galicia, the rabbi reported. The towns of Brody and Gwozdice, which had large Jewish populations before the war, have been made completely “judenrein” by the Germans and not a single Jew is to be found there at present. However, there are 1,600 Jews in the town of Stry and about 1,000 in Czertkow.

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