Pogrom Feared in Riga: Thousands of Jews Arrested

Anti-Jewish massacres are feared by the Jewish population in Riga, capital of Latvia, as a result of the intense anti-Semitic propaganda which the Nazi occupational forces are now carrying on in the city, a report from Riga to the Svenska Dagebladet states today.

The report reveals that thousands of Jews have been arrested by the Nazis in Riga, Prison camps in Latvia are overcrowded with Jewish men and women who did not retreat with the Soviet Armies. More than 3,800 Jews are held in the Riga Central Prison, the normal capacity of which is 1,500. Many Jews have “disappeared” after being taken from their homes by Nazi soldiers.

“About ninety percent of the Latvian and Jewish intellectuals in Riga have been wiped out,” the Swedish newspaper reports.

The same newspaper carries a report from its Berlin correspondent stating that a completely Ukrainian administration has been established by the German authorities in Lwow. Heading this administration is a Ukrainian agent of the Gestapo, a certain Polinski, who is to emulate the Gestapo policy in Poland by establishing a ghetto for Jews in Lwow, and by introducing all the anti-Jewish regulations which are now in force throughout the Nazi-held Polish territory.

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