Prague (Sep. 3)
Delegates representing 12,000 surviving Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, organized in forty Jewish communities met here over the week-end at a two-day conference to set up a central Jewish body to be know as the Central Organization of Jews of Bohemia-Moravia.
The conference, which was held in the historic Jewish Town Hall here, was presided over by Ernest Frischer, temporary chairman of the Prague Jewish Community. It discussed the reconstruction of Jewish communal and religious life in the country, and pressing legal, political and financial matters. Jewish communities in Slovakia did not participate, but their representatives attended as observers.
Among the guests were Minister of Information Josef Kopecky, representing the Czechoslovak Government, Deputy Mayor Vacek of Prague and aged Julius Lederer, only survivor of the pre-war Prague Jewish Community Council. Kopecky said that the Germans had been unable to make the Czechs carry out anti-Jewish excesses and paid tribute to the Jews who fought with the Czech Legion in Russia. Frischer welcomed the guests and outlined the tasks facing the Czech Jewish community.
The number of Jews in Prague registered with the Jewish community is now about 3,000. The other Jewish communities in Bohemia and Moravia average about 250 each.