Central Jewish Body in Prague Will Seek Loans for Reconstruction of Communities

The recently-formed central Jewish organization in Bohemia and Moravia, which was set up at a meeting here early this month of delegates from over 40 communities, today outlined its plans for assisting the destitute Jews in those provinces, as well as Silesia.

All activities will be directed by a council of 23, headed by an executive of eight, The chairman of the executive, and president of the organization, is Ernest Frischer, pro-war leader of the Jewish Party.

The council is attempting to secure relief from abroad and from the Government, and also loans, in order to aid the Jewish communities in the provincial towns, who are unable to maintain themselves. It has decided that aid will be given not only to professing Jews, but to any person, even converts, who was considered a Jew by the Germans, and was, therefore, subjected to persecution and discrimination.

The council’s immediate plans call for the establishment of institutions for the care of the aged, invalids and orphans. It has formed a special commission to care for Jewish works of art and documents, especially the central Jewish museum here which is a repository for a large collection of such works, including volumes brought from Theresienstadt. Anti-Semitic propaganda and similar material will also be on view in the museum.

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