Epidemic Reported in Amsterdam; Journalists Who Hit Nazism Shot

Reports of an epidemic in Amsterdam, wholesale arrests of Jewish merchants and execution of some Jewish journalists reached here today.

The epidemic was said to have broken out in the old ghetto quarter of the city and to have been caused by congestion and starvation resulting from confiscation by the Nazis of all good.

Contributing to the congestion was the influx of refugees from the provinces. Most of the refugees, because of the epidemic, have had to be removed from the quarter.

Jewish journalists who denounced Nazism before the invasion have been rounded up by Gestap agents using lists sent to them by fifth columnists. Several of those arrested were shot.

Wholesale arrests were carried out of Jewish merchants and industrialists alleged to have participated in the Allied blockade of Germany.

The Jewish community organizations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague have been closed by the Gestapo.

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