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Slovak Authorities Ignore Prague Promises Not to Repatriate Carpathian Jews to USSR

Despite promises by Czechoslovak authorities in Prague that the rounding up of Carpathian Jews for repatriation to the Soviet Union will be suspended pending the receipt of a reply from Moscow to proposals made by the Czechoslovak Government on the Jewish issue, provincial authorities in Slovakia were reported to have deported twenty-eight Carpathian Jews last Friday.

Among the deported were several chalutzim who were waiting to proceed to Palestine. One of them, a girl, attempted to commit suicide, but was saved. The Jewish community in Bratislava is reported to have intervened for them with the Slovak authorities, but to no avail. The twenty-eight were seized at Michalovce, near the Russian frontier.