Bulgarian Jewry Establishes Contact with Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia

A delegation sent by the Sofia Jewish Community to Yugoslavia to ascertain the needs of the Jews there, today returned from Belgrade with a report that of the 10,000 Jews who lived in the Yugoslavian capital before the war only about 1,000 survive.

There are only forty-two Jewish children below the age of 15 in Belgrade, the delegation stated. The Yugoslav Government has restored to the Jews their houses and some of the belongings confiscated by the Germans during the occupation. A school has been organized for the surviving Jewish children, but there are no teachers available. The Sofia Jewish Community, acting on the advice of the delegation, will send a Jewish teacher from Bulgaria.

A two-day session of the supreme council of the Zionist Organization of Bulgaria opened here today to discuss problems connected with Zionist activities within Bulgaria. At the same time, the Jewish section of the Fatherland Front in Bulgaria opened a “Jewish Peoples University” with public lectures on Jewish history, literature and sociology.

In a radio broadcast from Tirana, capital of Albania, a Jewish engineer, Kamoidho Mangri, paid tribute to the Albanian authorities for the hospitality given by them to Jewish refugees from Yugoslavia and emphasized that “anti-Semitism is unknown in Albania.”

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