‘reservation’ Seen Pretext to Force Jews into Soviet Area

Reliable sources declared today that the Nazi project for a Jewish “reservation” in the Lublin district of Poland had turned out to be only a pretext for removing Jews to this district and then forcing them into Soviet Poland.

These sources said that almost 80 per cent of the Jews from Bohemia-Moravia and Vienna who had been sent to Lublin were forced by the Nazis to cross the San River into the Soviet territory. This explains, it was said, why the Soviet authorities this week began erecting a barbed-wire barricade on their side of the San.

This information coincided with an independent report in the newspaper Paris-Midi that hundreds of Jewish men and women, including aged and sick, who had been taken to Lublin from various parts of the Reich were compelled by the Gestapo at gun’s point to cross the Soviet frontier. These Jews have been met with gunfire from the Soviet side, Paris-Midi said.

It is expected, the newspaper added, that when the river freezes over more Jews will be sent to Lublin to be forced to cross on the ice into Soviet Poland.

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