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Moravia’s Chief Rabbi Relates Sad Facts and Figures in 94th Birthday Interview

The Jewish community in Moravia is of advanced age and numbers only a fraction of what it did before World War II, according to Dr. Richard Feder, chief rabbi of Czechoslovakia. Rabbi Feder gave some sad facts and figures in an interview published on the occasion of his 94th birthday. He said only 1,200 Jews remained in Moravia out of a pre-war figure of 41,000. A third of them are over 65 years of age and 700 live in Brno. Dr. Feder said the Nazis deported 20,000 Moravian Jews and only 1,850 came back after the war. He said he thought that about 20,000 Jews left Moravia before the war and after 1945.

In another Czechoslovakian development, the 15th Century castle of Budyn, near the site of the Terezin concentration camp, has been put at the disposal of the Jewish State Museum of Prague. The museum will display part of its exhibits at the castle, according to an information bulletin published by the Council of Jewish Communities of Bohemia and Moravia.

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