Nazi Press Admits Catastrophic Food Situation for Jews in Poland
Menu JTA Search

Nazi Press Admits Catastrophic Food Situation for Jews in Poland

Download PDF for this date

Captain Fritz Wiedemann, Hitler’s personal friend, who as German Consul-General at San Francisco was among the Nazi diplomats expelled from the United States last week, will be appointed vice-Governor of the so-called General Government in Nazi-occupied Poland, it is reported in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in Berlin.

The German press reaching here today carried articles openly describing the catastrophic food situation in Nazi-held Poland. The articles indicate that all the food available in Poland is being removed to feed the German soldiers wounded on the Soviet front. Other reports from Poland reaching here today state that there are many towns in the occupied territory where the Jewish population is completely without food. The mortality among children is very high in all sections because of the lack of milk. The Joint Distribution Committee some time ago purchased in Switzerland 12,000 cans of condensed milk which were stored in Warsaw. Thus far only 7,000 cans of milk have been released for distribution under J.D.C. auspices in Poland. The milk was bought from an American firm at a cost of approximately $10,000, it is reported.

From all indications, it is assumed here that the Jews in Nazi-held Poland will be dying by thousands of hunger before the fields yield their new crop. Not much better are the prospects for Polish Jewry even after the harvest, since the entire crop is expected to be shipped into the Reich.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund