480 Jews Seized in Bratislava Area; Many Jailed for Armband Violations

Four hundred and eighty Jews have been arrested in the Bratislava area of Slovakia and imprisoned on various technical charges, it was reported here today.

The Hlinka Guard organ Gardista said 360 were sentenced to terms of one and two months for failure to wear the prescribed yellow armbands, 60 for closing their shops on Saturday, 48 for being on the streets after the curfew for Jews and 60 for shopping during hours prohibited to Jews.

On the ground that Jews were “flooding” Slovakian offices to complain of illegal restrictions, the Government ordered that Jews henceforth submit complaints in writing through the Jewish central organization, except in matters requiring legal representation. A fine of 100,000 crowns was set for violation of the order.

Machinery has been set up in Bratislava to enable Germans to take over flats occupied by Jews, according to Grensbote, organ of the German minority in Slovakia.

The paper states that the chief of the Central Economic Office is planning a new decree prohibiting “Aryan” landlords and trustees from giving notice to “Aryan” tenants in order to let flats to Jews, while facilities will be introduced for giving notice to Jewish tenants in certain urban districts.

The paper publishes an invitation of the Bratislava German Party to members to choose suitable flats inhabited by Jews and forward to the office applications for these apartments, which will be acted upon within a month.

The Hlinka Guard organ, Gardista, reports that a number of “Aryans” have been sentenced to terms in labor camps or arrested for carrying on business on behalf of Jews. One Guardist was arrested for renting his flat and living in a servant’s room while five rooms were occupied by Jews. All persons stated to have known of the fact and who failed to report it were also arrested and the local Hlinka Guard commander was dismissed.

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