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Slovakian Jews Shorn of Labor Permits, Made Liable to Deportation

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Revocation of the labor permits which were granted to certain categories of Slovakian Jews considered essential to the nation’s economy has been ordered by Minister of the Interior Sano Mach, who administers all anti-Jewish measures, it was announced today by the Bratislava radio. This new decree automatically makes the holders of the labor permits liable to deportation.

At the same time Mach ordered that baptismal certificates granted to Jews be cancelled. The pro-Nazi Slovakian press has been agitating for such a ruling, charging that too many Jews are escaping deportation because they possess labor permits or have been hastily baptized by sympathetic Catholic priests.

Meanwhile, information reaching here from the Czech Protectorate reveals that the Nazis have speeded up the deportation of Czech Jews, looking towards the expulsion of all Jews from Bohemia and Moravia by the beginning of October. The fortress prison of Therezin, where the Germans have been concentrating Jews prior to deportation eastward, is so overcrowded that the Nazis have been forced to open a new concentration camp in a small village near Tabor, in southern Bohemia, the report states.

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