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Jewish Population of Algeria is Reduced to 3,000; Was 130,000 in 1960

The Jewish population of Algeria dropped from 130,000 in 1960 to about 3,000 at the present time, it was reliably reported here today. The number fell to 50,000 in 1962, most of the Algerian Jews going to France after Algeria achieved independence from French rule.

There were 17 synagogues in Algiers prior to the country’s independence and now only one–the Great Synagogue–remains open. Most of the buildings owned by the Jewish community under French rule were requisitioned by Algerian authorities. About 650 of the remaining Jews live in Oran.