Nazis Renew Expulsions from Vienna; Plan Seen to Make City Reich Capital
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Nazis Renew Expulsions from Vienna; Plan Seen to Make City Reich Capital

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Mass expulsion of Jews from Vienna to Nazi-held Poland has been renewed during the last few days, according to reliable reports reaching here today.

The expulsion of Jews, which has been accompanied by deportation of Czechs, is explained by competent observers here as a step to prepare the moving of the capital of the Reich from Berlin to Vienna should the British Royal Air Force succeed in developing intensive bombing of Berlin. With the arrival of American four-motor bombers in England and with the intensification of British aircraft production, German military authorities expect Berlin to undergo heavy bombing in retaliation for the bombing of British cities.

The expulsion of Jews from Vienna, which started several weeks ago, was suspended when thousands of Jews cabled their relatives in the United States to secure reservations for them on steamers sailing to countries of the American continent. The Nazi commissar of Vienna indicated that those who secured such reservations would not be deported to Poland.

With the passing of the lease-lend bill, and with the refusal of the American authorities to permit the United States Lines to expand passenger transportation between Lisbon and New York, the Nazi authorities apparently decided to renew the expulsion of Jews since chances of increased transportation from Europe to the United States have dwindled.

Among those deported in the last few days are Jews whose transportation has been paid to steamship agencies in the U.S. by American relatives. The deportees include aged women and inmates of Jewish homes for aged, according to a report which reached Jewish leaders here.

The Jewish Community of Vienna, according to the report, is receiving daily long cabled lists of Jews in Vienna for whom payments have been made by relatives in the U.S. to secure their transportation overseas. These lists are submitted by the community to the Gestapo in an effort to forestall their deportation to Poland.

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