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Council of Jews from Czechoslovakia Establishes Contact with Slovakian Community

The Council of Jews from Czechoslovakia here announced today that it has established contact with the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia for the first time since Slovakia became a federal state in the reorganized Czechoslovakian Republic. Karl Baum, Council chairman, made public a letter from Dr. Benjamin Eichler, chairman of the Jewish Religious Communities in Slovakia, welcoming contacts with “Jewish organizations aiming at securing the future existence of Jews anywhere in the world.” According to Dr. Eichler, there are some 7,000 Jews in Slovakia, mainly in Bratislava, the capital, and in Presov, Kosice and Galanta, and they lead an active religious life.

According to further reports from Prague, a wreath was placed on behalf of President Svoboda of Czechoslovakia on a memorial to the Czech-Jewish martyrs killed in the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps by the Nazis 25 years ago. The occasion was the anniversary of the camp’s liberation which was celebrated at the 15th Century Pinkas Synagogue in Prague. A number of high-ranking Czech Government officials attended and Dr. Richard Feder, Chief Rabbi of the Czech Republic, was received by the Minister of Culture, Miroslav Galuska.