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Nazis Order Polish Jews to Set Up New Community Councils

“(Signed) Governor-General Frank.”

The text of a decree issued by Dr. Hans Frank, Nazi civil governor in Poland, requiring establishment of new Jewish community councils to carry out orders of the German authorities, reached Paris today. The decree follows:

“1. A Jewish representation is to be formed in every Jewish community.

“2. This representation, to be called the Judenrat, is to be composed of twelve persons in towns of population up to 10,000 and of 24 persons in towns where the population is over 10,000. These persons must be local residents and are to be elected by the Jews of the given community. In case one member of the Juderat departs, another is to be elected immediately.

“3. The Judenrat is to elect, from among its members, one person as the head and another as the substitute.

“4. The list of members of the Judenrat must be submitted to the regional and municipal authorities, who will decide whether the composition of the Judenrat is acceptable. They are also authorized to change the composition of the Judenrat with new persons.

“5. The Judenrat is obligated, through its head or through his substitute, to receive the orders of the German authorities and is responsible for the carrying out of these orders to their full extent. All Jews and Jewess must obey the provisions contained in these orders.

“(Signed) Governor-General Frank.”

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