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Jewish Leaders in Czechoslovakia Found Alive, ” Stolyner Rebbe” Murdered by Nazis

Czechoslovak circles here report today that Dr. Oskar Neuman, Czech Zionist leader who was believed dead, has just been released from Theresienstadt. Information reaching these Czech sources from Prague also reveals that among the surviving Jews in Slovakia are Dr. Winterstein of Banoves, leader of the Jewish Party, while Dr. Frantisek Friedman, representative of the Jewish Party in the Fregue municipal council, has been found alive in the Czech capital, although in very Poor health.

A letter rreceived today by his daughter from Chief Rabbi Lec Baeck of Berlin who is still at Theresienstadt, reveals that the rapid advance of the Allied troops prevented the deportation from the ghetto city of a group of prominent Jews. During his more than two years of internment, Dr. Baeck saw four sisters and other relatives at the camp die, while his brothers were deported to Poland. It is understood that efforts are being made to secure Dr. Baeck’s release. Many of the Theresienstadt internees are still confined to the camp because of a typhus epidemic there.

Another report received here today discloses that Rabbi Elimelech Perlev, the “Stolyner Rabbe,” was killed by the Germans, after indescribable torture on Oct.25, 1942 His wife, two sons and a son-in-law were killed three days earlier, and his doughter committed suicide.

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