Ministry of Agriculture Instructs Czech Officials to Cease Confiscating Jewish Land

The Ministry of Agriculture today instructed provincial authorities to cease confiscating land belonging to persons who registered as of Jewish nationality in the 1930 census.

The instructions were issued following protests by the Council of Jewish Communities, which complained that such confiscation were taking place, particularly in Moravia. Under the law, land can be confiscated from persons of Jewish nationality only if they have been found guilty of treacherous activities.

The Prague newspaper Svodobne Novini, which is the semi-official organ of President Benes, demands that the Czech Government reduce its contributions to the proposed International Refugee Organization in light of the fact that considerable assistance is being given to Jewish refugees from Poland. The paper says that 130,000 Jews have passed through Czechoslovakia in recent months, 50,000 of whom stayed more than three months, while 10,000 have been granted permission to remain until July.

The Hungarian Legation here this week refused to assist 30 Hungarian Jews stranded in Prague en route to Hungary from Sweden, where they had found refuge. The Jewish Community Council was forced to provide them with funds for transportation and food.

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