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Arrest of All Outstanding Jewish Leaders in Slovakia Announced in Nazi Press

All officers and employees of the Jewish Central Committee in Bratislava, which is the only existing central Jewish body in Slovakia, have been arrested and sent to a labor camp, according to the Nazi newspaper Grenzbote which reached here today from Slovakia.

The Grenzbote, which is published in Bratislava, carries an official communique stating that the arrest of the Bratislava Jewish leaders was ordered because “the authorities have discovered that members of the Jewish Central Committee warned a number of Jews that they were going to be sent to labor camps, thus giving them time to hide.”

The arrest of the Jewish leaders in Bratislava, leaves the Jews in Slovakia without any representation, since the Jewish Central Committee was the only representative body left after the dissolution last week of all Jewish community councils by the authorities. A number of Slovakian “aryans” were also arrested on the charge that they enabled Jews to avoid deportation to labor camps.

The Swedish newspaper Social Demokraten today reports from Berlin that Sano Mach, the Slovakian Minister of Interior, announced in Bratislava that all Jews in Slovakia who have been deprived of their citizenship will be deported to Nazi-occupied Poland and to the occupied parts of Soviet Russia, and will not be permitted to take along more than hand baggage. The Doneu Zeitung, a Nazi newspaper for the Balkan countries reaching here today, reports that Jews in Slovakia who are being taken form their homes and deported to labor camps are considered to be anti-social and criminal elements” and are being treated as such in the camps.

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