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Jews in Holland Try to Help Themselves

Despite the bitter persecution to which they are subjected by the Germans, Jewish organizations in Holland are doing everything in their power to lighten the burden of their coreligionists, a report issued by the Netherlands Information Office states. The organ of the Amsterdam Jewish Council, Joodsche Weekblad, which is still permitted to appear fairly regularly, contains a column of letters from deported Dutch Jews as well as long lists of committees set up to help Jews, especially those who are to leave shortly for eastern Europe. The weekly appeals to its readers to aid such “travellers” with clothing, blankets, draperies and linens.

Advertisements assert that “out of your old smoking jacket or lounge coat we can make caps for travellers,” and that “we make from an old coat a lumber-jacket, mittens and a cap, while from draperies we make sleeping bags.” A picture of a cap with earlaps, similar to those worn by Polish Jews, accompanies the appeal for old jackets.

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