Carpathian Jewish Leader Arrives in Rumania, Says Only 3,000 Jews Survive
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Carpathian Jewish Leader Arrives in Rumania, Says Only 3,000 Jews Survive

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Not a single rabbi survived in the Carpathian part of Czechoslovakia which was occupied by the Hungarians and which has been liberated by the Russiam Army, Zvi Weisz, president of the Union of Jewish Communities of Carpatho-Ukraine, declared upon his arrival here today.

“There were 110,000 Jews in the territory at the beginning of 1942, but only 3,000 of them are now alive,” Mr. Weisz told the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “About ninety thousand Jews were deported last May to extermination camps in Poland and Germany, and twenty thousand – chiefly men between the ages of 20 and 40 – were sent by the Hungarian authorities in 1942 to forced labor on the Russian front.”

The leader of the Carpathian Jews who has come here to contact Jewish organizations and secure relief for the 3,000 serviving Jews, emphasized that the survivors are in urgent need of assistance. He said that the Jewish communities are hoping that some of their members may be among those who were rescued from the Oswiecim camp in liberated Poland, and that homes are being prepared for such an eventuality.

Reporting on the situation of the Jews in each community, Mr. Weisz said that there are only 700 Jews in the Uzshorod district, no more than 100 Jews in the Munkacz district, about 500 Jews in the Bereggszas district, some 400 in the Selinsz district, about 300 in Hust and 300 in Slatin.

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