STOCKHOLM (Aug. 18)
The Nazi authorities intend to make Holland “completely judenrein” by June 1, 1943, it was announced today over the Nazi-controlled Dutch radio stations.
The broadcast, heard here, stated that “henceforth the deportation of Jews to eastern territory will be carried out with such dispatch that not a single Jew will remain in Holland by June of next year.” The Nazi announcer denied that the deported Dutch Jews are being massacred en route. “They are only being required to build up with their own hands what has been destroyed by their guilt in provoking the war against Germany,” he declared.
Alleging that the Jews in Holland were the principal organizers of “Hatchet Day” propaganda and that hatchets had been collected in Jewish homes, the Nazi broadcast cited an example of “Jewish influence” on the non-Jews in Holland. He stated that in the city of Utrecht, an “Aryan” hardware dealer displayed in the window of his store a large pile of hatchets with a sign: “Arm yourself. It will be only a few weeks more. You can chop with this small hatchet. Even a woman or child can handle it.”
Reports reaching Dutch circles here from Nazi-held Holland reveal that Jews are being deported from Holland upon a few hours notice. Families are mercilessly separated. Jewish girls are being sent to German army camps on the Russian front.