Zionist Leader Slain in Warsaw for Shielding Rabbi from Insults
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Zionist Leader Slain in Warsaw for Shielding Rabbi from Insults

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Details of the murder in Warsaw of the Zionist leader Avigdor Friedman while trying to protect a rabbi from insults were received here today.

On Saturday, Rabbi Jacob Silberstein and 60 worshippers were dragged out of the Praga Synagogue during services and taken to the market place for compulsory labor. All were forced also to smoke cigarettes, a violation of the Sabbath. When an Endek hooligan spat in Rabbi Silberstein’s face, Friedman intervened. The Nazi foreman of the work gang thereupon shot Friedman dead.

The Jewish community of Lodz in Nazi Poland has been forced to cooperate with the Reichsministry of Propaganda in filming two anti-Semitic propaganda movies, it was learned here today.

One of the films seeks to show that kosher slaughter is a barbarous practice. The Jewish slaughterers were obliged to go into an abbatoir in the Balut quarter and play humiliating roles in scenes having no connection with the real methods of kosher slaughter. In the other picture, the entire congregation of the Vilker synagogue on Zachodnia Street was forced to participate in the filming of holiday prayer, wearing prayer shawls and plylacteries.

Meanwhile, the Jewish cemetery in Lodz was desecrated. All trees and tombstones were removed.

In Warsaw, after the introduction of ration cards for bread, sugar and salt, non-Jewish shopkeepers were receiving unlimited supplies of these commodities, but Jewish retailers were unable to obtain any before submitting a list of 200 Jewish customers.

Although yellow armbands are compulsory for Warsaw Jews on the left bank of the Vistula, Jews in the Praga suburb, which is on the right bank, were voluntarily wearing them as a gesture of solidarity. Since introduction of the armbands Jewesses have been constantly molested on the streets of non-Jewish quarters of Warsaw. Those caught without them were dragged to the police and fined 500 zlotys. It understood that the armband order followed protracted negotiations by Jewish representatives anxious to avoid imposition of identifying badges similar to those used in Lodz.

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