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Nazis Begin Large-scale Deportations of Dutch Jews to Poland and Occupied Russia

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Large-scale mass-deportations of Jews from Holland to Poland and occupied sections of Russia began this week, according to reports reaching here today. Special trains each carrying six hundred Jews are reported to be leaving Amsterdam daily for Eastern Europe.

At the same time it was learned here that the property of all deported Jews will be confiscated by the Germans. The deportees are allowed to take along only thirty-five pounds of luggage, each. Scores of Jews in Amsterdam, fearing that their deportation to Poland and Russia is imminent, are committing suicide daily, the reports state. It is estimated that there are about 160,000 Jews in Holland at present – about 80,000 Dutch Jews and approximately an equal number of Austrian, German and Czech Jews who fled to the Netherlands as refugees.

During the past few months the Germans have been concentrating most of the Dutch Jews in the Amsterdam ghetto, explaining that this would facilitate the expulsion of all Jews from the country. In the last few weeks the pro-Nazi Amsterdam radio has been broadcasting virulent attacks on the Jews and warning the Dutch people to be prepared “not to see a Jew left in the country.”

The Nazi-controlled Hilversum radio station heard here this morning announced that a special important broadcast was to be made tonight and urged all Dutchmen to listen.

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