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Sixteen Aged, Sickly Jews Only Survivors of Leipzig’s 15,000, JTA Correspondent Finds

Fifteen sick and aged men and one sickly woman are the sole survivors of Leipzig’s 15,000 Jews of whom only about 5,000 succeeded in emigrating before 1939. They are all quartered in a single house on Blumelstrasse.

A Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent visiting the “Jewish House,” also found many non-Jewish wives and husbands of Jews whose spouses – about 250 of them – were deported eight weeks ago, together with children renging in age from four years.

The tremendous for center in Leipzig, which was largely operated by Jewish employers and employees, was taken over by the Nazis, but has been almost completely destroyed by Allied bombings. Likewise, Publishing enterprises here, several of which like the famous Fisher Verlag – were seized from Jews, have been three-quarters destroyed.

The eldest of the 15 surviving Jews is Richard Frank, a farmer knitgoods manufacturer, whose son-in-law Ernest Hyman lives at 345 Broad St., in Red Bank, N. J. The woman is aged Hildegarde Fink.