Nazi Persecution of Jews in Poland Intensified by Arrival of French, Dutch Deportees
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Nazi Persecution of Jews in Poland Intensified by Arrival of French, Dutch Deportees

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German persecution of Jews in Poland has been intensified as a result of the recent arrival there of deported Dutch and French Jews, the Polish Government was informed today by reliable sources within Poland.

All the Jews of the town of Rabka near Cracow were ordered to move to the Warsaw ghetto within twenty-four hours, while the Jews living in the town of Mielicz, in the same district, were likewise expelled and many of them executed in gas chambers, a Polish Government spokesman stated. The expulsions are part of the new German policy of concentrating the Jews in the ghettos in the larger cities for deportation to an "unknown destination" at some later date, it was said here.

A special committee of Jewish groups to aid Polish Jewry today proclaimed August 23 as a day of protest against the mass-murder of Polish Jews, which will be observed throughout Great Britain. Represented on the committee are the Nahum Sokolow Society of Polish Zionists, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Council of Polish Jews, the Agudas Israel, the Workers’ Circle, the World Jewish Congress, the Jewish Agency for Palestine and the Jewish members of the Polish National Council and the Czechoslovakian State Council.


Meanwhile, a secret meeting of workers, peasants and intellectuals in Poland has drawn up a "program for democratic post-war Poland," a chief point of which is a guarantee of equality for all citizens in a free Poland, the Polish Government also learned today.

Other sections of the program propose: 1. Voiding all acts of the German administration; 2. Trial by a special court of all Polish citizens who collaborated with the Nazis and of all civilians and military authorities connected with the pre-war Polish regime; 3. Free, universal and democratic suffrage; 4. Equal educational opportunities for all citizens and 5. Expulsion of all Germans who settled in the country during the war in order to "Germanize" Poland.

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