8,000 Jews Return to Berdichev; Forty Thousand Killed by the Nazis During Occupation

Eight thousand Jews have returned to rebuild their homes and their lives in the Ukrainian city of Berdichev, once a major center of Jewish life and culture, it was reported here today by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.

Forty thousand Jews were slaughtered there during the Nazi occupation. The city, which before the German invasion had a predominantly Jewish population, today house 32,000 people. Seventy percent of the buildings in the town were razed during the occupation, but many of them have been rebuilt since the town was liberated in 1944. Jews are taking a full part in all rehabilitation activities, the report emphasized.

The Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee today announced a plan for the publication of a study of the contributions of Jews to the Soviet and American war efforts. A second project of the committee is the publication of Jewish yearbooks to be printed in Yiddish and English. These annuals, which will be written in conjunction with American and Jewish writers, scientists, and artists, will contain reviews and articles on the most important events in the political and economic life of the Jewish people throughout the world. They would also include outstanding discoveries by Jewish scientists and the latest works of Jewish writers.

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