Jewish Consistory in Bulgaria Assigned Functions of Commissariat for Jewish Affairs

The Ministry of the Interior announced today the abolishment of the Commisseriat for Jewish Affairs established by teh former pro-German regime, Some of the functions of the commissariat, the announcement said, will be assumed by the Jewish consistery.

The establishment of a Jewish anti-fascist organization here, named after the noted Soviet writer and war correspondent Ilya Ehrenburg, was suggested today after it was announced that the national executive committee of the Fatherland Front has decided to dissolve the national minorities committee of the organization. The new organization, its sponsors state, could assume the duties of the Jewish section of the Fatherland Front, but would have no party affiliations.

Leading businessmen, members of cooperatives, bankers, representatives of the Fatherland Front and of all Bulgarian political parties attended the opening meeting here of the Bulgare-Palestine Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Bulgaria.

The president of the new organization read a message which he had wired to the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem notifying it of the establishment of the body and declaring that it will attempt to promote economic relations between the two countries and fester good will “in the democratic spirit of the Jewish people of Bulgaria.”

The Minister of Agriculture has given permission for the organization in a state agricultural school of a training farm for a group of young Jews who plan to imigrate to Palestine, it was learned today. The school will be organises by the central board of the Hechalutz organization here.

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