ANKARA (May. 19)
Mass-arrests of Jews in Bulgaria were reported today over the Sofia radio which also announced that 4,000 more Bulgarian Jews will be recruited for forced labor in addition to the several thousand who have already been Bet to building a railway.
Jews were arrested, the announcer explained, because “many Jews were loafing around provocatively outside their houses after curfew hours.” A large number of Jews were arrested at the Sofia railway station when they attempted to leave the Bulgarian capital “in an effort to escape forced labor,” the announcer admitted.
A decree prohibiting Jews in Bulgaria from trading in meat and cattle was also broadcast today over the Sofia radio. The measure effects several hundred Jewish families.