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Minorities Petition Czech Govt. for Naturalization of Men Without a Country

November 21, 1928
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(J.T.A. Mail Service

The League of Nations Unions of Czecho-Slovakia have submitted a petition to Professor Masaryk, the President of the Republic, urging that as an act of grace on the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the Republic, he grant citizenship rights to all Staatenlose. Who have been resident in the Republic for the past ten years. The petition is signed by the three minority League of Nations Unions in the country, the German, Jewish and Hungarian, and also by the Chelcicky League of Nations Union.

“On the ground of humanity, we, the undersigned,” the petition reads, “pray the President to take the initiative in issuing an order that all former Austrian and Hungarian citizens who were on October 28, 1918, resident within the territory whic is today under the sovereignty of Czecho-Slovakia, have been permanently domiciled here and have since that day until October 28, 1928, been resident without a break within this territory, have within this period never been sentenced or proceeded against by the police authorities, or the law courts, for any major or minor crime or misdemeanor, or offence against the laws for the safe guarding of the Republic, should, if within a period of three months after the issue of such an order they apply for Czecho-Slovakian citizenship, be in actual fact accorded the privilege of Czecho-Slovakian citizenship.”


Bernard Semel, well known New York communal leader and secretary of the Jewish Education Association, attained his fifticth birthday last Saturday. He was the recipient of many messages of congratulations from many institutions and leaders in the city, with past twenty-five years.

Mr. Semel was born in Bolechow, Galicia, Nov. 7, 1878. One of the founders of the Federation of Galician and Bukovinean Jews, he also served as acting chairman of the New York Kehilah in 1909. In 1917 he was appointed by Mayor Mitchell a member of the Commission on Unemployment. He was one of the organizers of the Jewish education Association in 1918.

Ground will be broken Sunday, Nov. 25 for the new $500,000 Temple Emanu-El, Paterson, N.J.The school to be erected as part of the temple will be known as the Abraham M.Fabian Hebrew Free School memorial.

Work will be rushed and it is hoped to have the combined structure ready early in 1929. The temple will have a seating capacity of 1,400 and the building will include a ball room. Provision will be made for nine class rooms. lodge rooms, office, study, library and a fully equipped kitchen.

A weekly enrollment of between 3,000 and 5,000 persons attended the clubs and classes maintained by the Henry Street Settlement, it was announced. This has been a record year for the settlement, it was stated.

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