Anti-jewish Terror Increasing Nazi-held Poland; Typhus Epidemic Raging

Anti-Jewish terror is increasing in the sections of Nazi-held Poland and Russia where Jews are concentrated, according to information reaching Polish Jewish circles here today.

Jewish labor camps in the Lublin area now number thirty-four. Confined in these camps are 10,000 Jewish laborers, including 2,000 boys who are about sixteen years old. Some 2,000 Poles are employed at the camp as specialists and supervisors according to the reports. At the Oswiecim concentration camp three degrees of flogging have been introduced, the Polish sources reveal. For minor offenses such as failure to salute a Nazi guard or failure to remove one’s hat in his presence, the punishment is twenty-five strokes. The next punishment for a slightly more “serious” breach of regulations is fifty strokes. The most severe flogging inflicted is seventy-five strokes, from which very few prisoners survive.

In the Garwolin district, a short distance from Warsaw, all the Jews have been rounded up and placed in a special Jewish section of the city, it is reported here today, allegedly in a German drive to control the severe typhus epidemic which is reported to be raging in all of Nazi-held Poland, the Ukraine, White Russia and the Baltic area. Many of the Jewish residents in Garwolin have been housing and feeding hundreds of Jews who were evicted from their homes in the large cities and deported to the Garwolin area.

Living conditions in the ghettos which the Nazis have set up in the newly conquered sections of Russian-held Poland and Russia proper are now even worse than those in the Warsaw ghetto, the reports disclose.

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