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Survivors of Rabbinical Group Who Were Saved by Czechoslovak Partisans Arrive in N.Y.

The surviving remnant of a group of rabbis and students who were hidden by the Czech and Slovak partisans and continued their religious studies in forest hide-outs between battles with the Nazis arrived in New York today aboard the “Ile de France.”

There were 42 persons in the group, including noted Czechoslovak rabbis, their students, and the wives and children of a few of the men, most of whom are from 18 to 25 years old. Except for some 20 others due to reach New York in a few weeks, the group which arrived on the “Ile de France” are the only survivors of about 250 orthodox religious leaders and scholars who pursued their studies until late 1944 at a renowned yeshiva in Nitra, Czechoslovakia, which came to be known as the “Partisan Yeshiva.”

The Jewish scholars are planning to re-establish their institution at Somerville, N.J. A residence has been furnished for them there by United Service for New Americans. United Service will also provide for their maintenance and other necessities. The Joint Distribution Committee arranged ocean passage to the United States for the group. The JDC also provided their transportation about two months ago from Nitra to Paris, where they continued their studies in a JDC-supported institution until leaving for this country.

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