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Nazis Resume Mass-deportations of Jews from Holland and Belgium; Suicides Reported

Mass-deportations of Jews from The Hague and from Amsterdam were resumed this week by the Nazi authorities in occupied Holland according to reliable reports reaching here today.

In Amsterdam, the reports disclose, Jews faced with deportation to the East are committing suicide. Information received by Jews in Holland whose relatives were deported several weeks ago, reveals that many of the expelled Dutch Jews have been executed by the Nazis in occupied Russian territory to where they were originally sent for forced labor.

In deporting Jews from The Hague, the Nazi occupational authorities this week instituted a new system. Instead of deporting only adults, they are now expelling entire families, herding them into trains for transportation to unknown destinations.

A report from Belgium reaching here today states that all the foreign-born Jews who have been held in the concentration camp at Malines for deportation to eastern territory are now being transported to Calais and other places on the French coast to work on fortifications which the German authorities are building there in fear of a possible invasion by the armies of the Allied nations.

An order issued by the German occupational authorities in Belgium forbids Jewish shoemakers to either produce or repair shoes without a special permit, for each pair, from the Commissariate for Jewish Affairs. All Jewish shoemakers in Belgium must register with the authorities, who have warned them that severe punishment will be inflicted for violations of the order.

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