WILNO (Nov. 10)
While life in German-occupied Poland is beginning to return to normal for the Poles, the Jews are still deprived of elementary means of livelihood. Poles are accepting the new regime and getting jobs, but Jews are not allowed to work, their only occupation being the sale of their own clothing and property, a trade carried out in streets and hallways.
While Polish schools have reopened, the Jewish schools are still closed, although it is hoped that some of them may be permitted to reopen soon. “Social Aid Protection,” the only functioning general welfare institution, is not allowed to supply food to Jews although it gives free bread to Poles and sells other foods at reduced prices.
Poles are not required to pay rent in Jewish-owned houses, while the Jewish housing problem is growing more complicated and anxiety is rising, although the anticipated formal order for segregation of Jews in a ghetto has not yet been issued.
The influx of Poles into Warsaw from Pomerania, Poznan and Silesia is growing because of the Nazi actions to Germanize the western provinces by settling Baltic Germans there. The purely Christian quarters of Warsaw are overflowing, hence the anxiety of the Jews since Jewish residents of some houses, even in Jewish quarters, have been ordered to vacate.
Jews residing in 21 Krochmalna Street were ordered to vacate within 10 days. When they asked where to go, they received the reply: “The Vistula is big enough.”
Hundreds of Jewish and Polish families have also been evicted from their apartments in the Warsaw suburb of Praga, to make room for German families evacuated from Hanover.
FURTHER ARRESTS IN WARSAW
The Gestapo has jailed Prof. Dr. Meier Taubes, director of the State Seminary for Jewish Teachers, in the ill-famed Warsaw prison Pawiak. The manager of the Warsaw cinema Palladium has been arrested for showing the American anti-Nazi film, “Confessions of a Nazi Spy,” last summer.
Lydia Zamenhof, daughter of the late Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof, founder of Esperanto, and all other members of her family have been arrested by the Nazi authorities in Warsaw, on the ground that the family “conducted anti-Nazi activities in America.” Miss Zamenhof visited the United States on a lecture tour earlier this year.