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Communist Authorities Requisition Shanghai Synagogue Building

Jewish institutions in Shanghai are suffering further setbacks as a result of the mass emigration from that city of its Jewish population and the tightening of controls by the Communist authorities, it was reported here.

Recent arrivals here from Shanghai report that the Shanghai Synagogue–built at the beginning of this century–has been requisitioned by the government. The same fate has befallen the Shanghai Jewish School, also one of the oldest Jewish institutions in the city, the emigrants report.

At one time the school boasted an exceptionally high educational standard, but in recent years, owing to the declining Jewish population, it began to admit non-Jewish students and by 1950 most of the pupils were Chinese. The school has been taken over for use as a government institution.

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