Jews Barred from Park Benches in Holland; Dutch Clergymen Protest Deportations

Nazi occupation authorities in Holland have instructed the Jewish councils of Amsterdam and The Hague to inform Jews in those cities that they are forbidden to sit upon benches placed in street squares or in parks, it is reported in the current issue of the Joodsche Weekblad, official organ of the Amsterdam Jewish community, which was received here today. Jews found seated upon these benches will be arrested and deported to forced labor in Germany, together with their families, the paper writes.

At the same time it was learned here that Catholic and Protestant clergymen in Holland have addressed a joint petition to Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reich Commissar for the Netherlands, protesting against the deportation of Dutch Jews to eastern Europe. The protests charges that the deportation of Dutch Jews to eastern moral and ethical feelings of the people of Holland.” Other reports indicate, however, that the deportations continue at a rapid pace and that many cities are already “Judenrein.”

The Assen Nationale Dagblad, a collaborationist newspaper, reaching here today, reports that six Jews were among nine Hollanders recently sentenced to prison by a German tribunal for listening to illegal broadcasts in the house of a Dutch “Aryan.” Although their names are not given, they are listed as a florist, an apprentice, a dental mechanic, a warehouse clerk, a vulcanizer and a trade representative.

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