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Czechoslovakian Jews Deported by Germans Given Same Status As Political Prisoners

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All Jews deported from Czechoslovakia by the Germans are to be considered in the same category as political prisoners of the Nazis and are eligible for membership in the influential organization which has been established by the freed Nazi victims, it was announced today.

The Prague Jewish community council, although hampered by shortage of personnel, is conducting large scale relief activities here. It is distributing both funds and supplies received from the Joint Distribution Committee and has set up homes for the aged and for the few Jewish children who survived internment in concentration camps.

Daily religious services have been resumed in the Altneuschul, the oldest synagogue in Prague, which, according to legend, was built by emigrants from Jerusalem in the year 70. The only surviving Czech rabbi, seventy-five-year-old Aladar Deutsch, is officiating. In a sermon yesterday, he pointed out that the lack of rabbis makes reorganization of provincial Jewish communities very difficult. Other of Prague’s synagogues, it is hoped, will be reopened by Succoth.

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