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Slovakia Speeds Eviction of Jews from Homes; Jewish Shops Labelled

The Slovak Government has taken action to label Jewish shops, intensify expulsion of Jews from Bratislava and force Jews to continue paying license fees for radios which have been confiscated, it was reported here today.

The Bratislava Government today decreed that Jewish shops must show signs in their windows marking them as such, on penalty of fines. Wherever a shop has several windows, a sign must appear in each one. Meanwhile, Jewish merchants in Slovak villages have been given until Jan. 6 to liquidate their enterprises.

More than 1,000 Jewish families have been evicted from their dwellings in Bratislava since the ghetto law went into effect in September, according to trustworthy reports. Families were given two weeks to vacate. If they did not comply, their furniture was piled on the sidewalks whereupon police arrested the Jews on nuisance charges.

Eviction of Jews is going on in residential districts of Nitra, Topolcany and other towns, as well as in the capital. Dispossessed families are forced to break up and seek shelter individually in houses of friends so far not yet evicted.

Jews whose radios were seized last September must continue paying monthly license fees, according to Bratislava reports, even though the sets are now used by others. Under a recent order of the Interior Minister, the sets are now distributed to schools, Hlinka Guard garrisons and the Nazi parties.

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