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3 Jews Take Lives in Cracow; 17 Jailed in Lodz for Bringing Food into Ghetto

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Three old Jews, including a former clerk of the Cracow Jewish community, have committed suicide by coal gas in Cracow, the Nazi newspaper Goniec Krakowski reports.

According to the Litzmannstaedter Zeitung, 17 Jews and Poles in Lodz were sentenced by a special court to terms at hard labor ranging between two and seven years for transportation of food into the ghetto. In the case of the Poles, the charge was bringing food into the ghetto, and in the case of the Jews, receiving it.

Governor Fischer of Warssw has issued a decree forbidding Jews to change their residence, even within the ghetto, without permission of the Nazi authorities. Those violating the order are subject to 3,000 zlotys’ fine and three months’ imprisonment at hard labor.

The increasing tendency among the Poles to help to alleviate the sufferings of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto by secret donations of food or clothing, which are sometimes simply thrown over the ghetto walls when direct access is barred, has caused the German authorities to decree heavier penalties for such acts of generosity, according to a report in Dziennyk Polski.

Poles who aid Jews in this manner are now liable to a fine of 1,000 zlotys as well as three months’ hard labor. Offenders between 14 and 21 years of age will be sent to labor camps. Should the offender be under fourteen years of age, the parent or guardian will be liable to the prescribed penalty.

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