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Upper Silesian Jews Arrested in Reprisal for ‘atrocity’ Information

Mass arrests of Jews in German Upper Silesia are reported today from Beuthen. The pretext is that the Jews who live near the Polish-German frontier are transmitting atrocity information to the Polish press at Kattowitz.

Every time that reports of anti-Jewish activities appear in the Polish press, Jews are arrested in German Silesian towns as a reprisal. The result has been that the Jews are fearful of communicating with anyone outside of Germany, even fearing to write their relatives abroad. This Nazi policy is in line with the Nazi intention to hold the relatives of German exiles responsible for anything that is said or done abroad. Recently the Nazis announced that Communists in jail would be punished for actions of their comrades not yet jailed by the Hitlerites. This policy is now being applied to the Jews.

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