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Escaped War Prisoners Tell of Nazi Maltreatment in Poland

Escaped Jewish war prisoners, who had been captured by the Nazis in Poland on Sept. 9, arrived here today and related their experiences at the hands of their German captors.

Immediately after their capture, they said, all Jewish prisoners were separated from the Polish prisoners During the first three days they received only a few cups. of hot water. On the fourth day and thereafter they were given small quantities of bread daily. All the Jews were searched, money, jewels, overcoats and warm underwear being confiscated. A special camp for Jewish war prisoners was established near Kusczelna, where lately the entire Jewish population of the town has also been interned.

The escaped prisoners confirmed previous reports of brutal treatment accorded Jewish civilians by the Nazis. They said arrested Jews were kept for nine days without food, yellow badges were introduced for Jews, beards of rabbis were cut off and the civil population was forbidden to extend any assistance to Jewish war prisoners. One Pole, they reported, was shot for defying the latter ban.

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