Czechoslovak Government Prepares New Decrees Regulating Restoration of Property

The Czochoslovak Government today announced that a member of decrees will soon be promulgated which will greatly benefit the surviving Jews in the country.

Specific regulations covering restitution of property confiscated by the Germans will be outlined in one of these decrees. Another decree will settle the question of compensation to be paid by the state for damages caused by German persecutions during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. A third decree will allow a missing person to be declared dead without waiting the usual legal period of five years.

The latter is especially important for relatives who seek to establish their rights to the property of massacred Jews. It is also of importance for surviving Jewish men and women who may want to re-marry after establishing that their wives or husband were exterminated in deportation camps.

Twenty trucks carrying food and medicaments provided by the Joint Distribution Committee arrived here today from Stookholm by way of Denmark. Two-thirds of the transport will be sent to Slovakia where the Jews are in dire need. The remainder will be distributed among Jews in Bohemia and Moravia.

The Prague Jewish community was permitted today to start the publication of a monthly magazine in the Czech language, which will have a press run of 4,000 copies. At the same time, anti-Semitic articles continue to appear in the press in Slovakia, especially in Cas, a Slovak democratic daily newspaper published in Bratislava.

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