ZURICH (Aug. 2)
An official announcement that a large public auction of goods confiscated from Jews would be held in Cologne this week, which appears in the Westdeutscher Beobachter reaching here today, tends to confirm recent reports that the mass-deportation of Jews from Germany has been resumed.
Included in the announcement in the Nazi paper, which is published in Cologne, is a notice that persons whose homes or household furnishings have been destroyed by RAF raids on the city will receive preferential treatment at the sales. This is interpreted here as an indication that the Nazis are representing the mass-deportations as reprisals for the successful HAF raids on Western Germany.
The articles offered for sale at the Cologne auction include kitchen, bedroom and dining room furniture as well as pianos, lamps, pictures and other household articles. It is almost impossible to secure new articles of this type anywhere in Germany today. Prospective purchasers are informed in the announcement that all goods must be removed immediately following the sale and that transportation facilities must be provided by the buyers.