Nazis Launch Expulsion of Jews from Towns in Cracow Area

Following the mass expulsion of Jews from Cracow, the Nazi authorities have started the deportation of Jews from the smaller towns in the Cracow district, it is reported here today.

Jews, and in some cases also Poles, from thirty townships in Cracow district are being driven from their homes by storm troopers into Lublin, Warsaw and Kielce. The storm troopers arrive, usually in trucks, in the early morning hours, round up residents of each house and, at machine-gun point, force them to leave for the nearest railway station, where they are herded into cattle trains and shipped into the interior districts of the Government-General.

None of the victims is permitted to take along more than one suit of clothes and some food. About 3,000 of these victims have already reached Lublin and Warsaw after two-day trips in unheated cattle trains. Their houses and property will be assigned to Germans brought from Soviet territory, the report states.

With the evacuation of Jews from Cracow completed, the Nazi Governor of Cracow has decreed that the few Jews who were permitted to remain in the city as useful laborers are to be segregated into a special ghetto. They must always carry their residence permits with them. The permits are to be renewed each month. The order stipulates that the property which the Cracow Jews left behind is to be sold by the Nazi agency established for this purpose.

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