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Jews in Germany Mark First Free Purim Since Liberation at Series of Festivities

March 18, 1946
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Celebrating their first Purim since liberation, the Jews of Germany last night attended the reading of the Megillah in Jewish DP centers and in the few remaining synagogues.

At the Zeilsheim DP camp near here the ceremony was held in the camp’s public square, in front of the brick monument commemorating the 6,000,000 murdered Jews of Europe, with floodlights illuminating the scene.

Today, a series of parties and dances marked the holiday. Sidney Flotow, welfare director at Zeilsheim, who was formerly the executive director of a Jewish center of New York, organized a children’s party in the afternoon, and a dinner-dance tonight, and which children presented the story of Esther. Hamen Taschen, candy and almonds are distributed. The Jewish community councils of Frankfurt and Berlin also had children’s parties.

The Berlin community arranged a reception attended by 2,000 persons, including representatives of the four occupation powers. Here, also, children depicted the story of Esther.

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