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Once Wealthy Zgersz Jews Reduced to Beggary

Their textile factories and shops taken over by Nazi commissars. Jews in the city of Zgersz, near Lodz, have been reduced to beggary, it was reported here today by a refugee who succeeded in escaping from the German-occupied territory.

The refugee revealed that several Jewish residents of the city who had offered resistance to the Nazis had been murdered. One named Zisman was buried alive, he said. A youth named Kalinski was shot dead. Several others were reportedly tortured to death during forced labor.

Two synagogues have been burned down in the city. Jews are forced to sing while engaged in arduous forced tasks. Others are made to shout such anti-Semitic slogans as, “The Jews are guilty of the war.”

The Jewish community of Szgersz, an industrial center, was at one time regarded as among the wealthiest in Poland.

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