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30,000 Jews Reported Living in Riga; 9,000 Jews Reside in Lodz

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The Warsaw Radio reported today in a Yiddish-language broadcast that there are about 30,000 Jews residing in Riga, capital of Soviet Latvia, where thousands of Jews were massacred by the Nazis during the German occupation.

The broadcast was based on information given by a Polish Jew who visited Riga. He reported that there is a synagogue functioning in Riga and that the Jews there have a rabbi and a kosher butcher. There is also a home for Jewish aged in the city.

Another Warsaw broadcast reported that there are 9,000 Jews living in the Polish city of Lodz. It said that a study of the composition of the Jewish population in 29 Polish towns and villages–where the majority of Poland’s Jews are concentrated–has established that children up to the age of 15 constitute about 40 percent of all Jewish inhabitants. The broadcast compared the present figures with those of 12 years ago, after the liberation of the country from the Nazis, when a Jewish child was a rarity in Poland.

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