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Jews in Nazi-held Parts of Russia Ordered to Surrender Cash and Articles of Value

Jews in Nazi-occupied Russia and in the Baltic countries last week were ordered by the occupational authorities to surrender within three days all their cash, their valuables and all articles of gold and silver in their possession, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports today.

The Revaler Zeitung, a newspaper published by the Nazis in occupied Estonia, reached here today with the news that in addition to depriving the Jews of all their valuable movable property, the Nazi authorities have published an order announcing that all other Jewish property in the occupied Russian and Baltic territories is considered automatically expropriated as of June 22, 1941, the date when the Nazi armies started their march on Russia.

“Any Jewish property which has since that date been transferred to non-Jews is similarly considered as Jewish and is to be confiscated unless it is proven that the transfer was made for reasonable consideration,” the Nazi order says. The order is signed by Nazi Commissar Lietzmann.

The Swedish newspaper Tidningen reports today that Nazi commissar Schmidt, in a speech delivered yesterday in Breda, Holland, said: “Jews will return to the place from where they came as poor as they arrived. Those who sympathize with them will be treated alike. Wherever Germans go, the Jewish question will be solved in this manner.” The Tidningen also reports that the Nazi authorities in Holland have introduced a curfew for Jews there “in the interest of public safety.” No Jew in Holland is permitted to leave his home between 8 o’clock in the evening and 6 in the morning under the new regulations.

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