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Czech Press Campaigns Against Jewish Leaders, One Ousted from Post

The controlled press in Czechoslovakia has stepped up attacks on leaders of the Jewish community there. Dr. Benjamin Eichler, 62, the target of a recent press campaign, has been dismissed as head of the Jewish community of Slovakia, the International Council of Jews from Czechoslovakia reported here today.

Dr. Eichler, who had occupied the post since 1955, was attacked in the press recently for having remarked in 1968 that “Assimilation did not solve and cannot solve the Jewish problem,” the Council reported. Also under attack in the Czech newspaper Tribuna is Prof. Hanus Steiner, a former member of the Academy of Sciences. He is being assailed for having said in 1969 that Israel should be regarded as the creation of survivors of the most barbarous act of genocide in history.