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Soviet Authorities Reported to Have Banned Jewish Communal Activities in Munkacevo

Soviet authorities in the Carpatho-Ukrainian industrial city of Munkacevo have banned all Jewish communal activities, it was reported here today from Rome. The source of the report is the former president of the local Jewish community who recently fled to Austria.

Before the first world war the town was an important center of Eastern European Orthodox Jewry and the seat of the famed Munkacevo Rebbe. The vast majority of the Jewish population–estimated at 10,000–was deported or murdered by the Nazis during the last war.