Plan to Expel Jews Seen As Nazis Call Ghetto ‘Temporary’ Solution
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Plan to Expel Jews Seen As Nazis Call Ghetto ‘Temporary’ Solution

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German newspapers have praised the Lodz ghetto as "the most perfect temporary solution of the Jewish question." Polish circles here interpreted this today as indicating that the Nazis intend to expel Jews from occupied territories in the event of a German victory.

The Nazi press reports that Jewish elders in the Lodz ghetto have authorized issue of special coupons as a kind of auxiliary currency for settling accounts between the elders, as directors of the trading center, and individual buyers and sellers because the system of direct barter of food and manufactured goods had proved impracticable.

Commenting on this announcement, Polish circles here said the Germans were manipulating prices to maintain an equilibrium of supplies and to prevent either indebtedness by the ghetto to the Germans or accumulation of German currency in the ghetto.

Emulating the ghetto system in Poland, the Nazi authorities in Berlin have intensified the policy of segregating the Jews of the German capital.

Jews still residing in various sections of Berlin were ordered to move into the Jewish slum district, on the ground Berlin was over-populated and that more space was needed to house "Aryans". The ousted Jews are ordered to leave part of their furniture and other property in their former homes.

German newspapers report that the Judaica library in Frankfurt-Main, which was a part of the municipal library, has been transferred to the Institute for Study of the Jewish Question, established by the Nazi Party. The library has more than 40,000 volumes and is considered the second largest of its kind in Europe, next to the collection on Judaica in the British Museum in London.

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