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Two Synagogues Desecrated in Minneapolis; Police Seek Perpetrators

For the second successive year, a spate of Nazi-type synagogue desecrations has broken out here, with two houses of worship, both Orthodox, suffering defacements, police authorities announced here today.

Worshipers coming to services here at the Ahavath Achim Beth Israel Synagogue found a caricature of Adolf Hitler in red paint on the white facade of the edifice. A two-foot-high swastika and some unintelligible writing had been scribbled around the Hitler likeness. Scrawls had also been painted on a rear door.

At Gemelus Chesed Synagogue, on the same street, worshipers leaving evening services found a swastika painted. Rabbi George S. Sektor, spiritual leader of the synagogue, said the desecration seemed to have occurred while services were under way. Chief of Police Calvin Hawkinson assured the Jewish community that every effort was being made to trace the perpetrators of the desecrations.

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