MOSCOW (Dec. 23)
Twenty-five Jewish women were lashed to death by the Nazi police authorities in the village of Kharitonovski in the occupied section of Russia, because, driven by hunger, they picked wild mushrooms without first securing permission, it was revealed today in the Soviet press on the basis of reports brought by guerrillas who have been operating behind the German lines.
In the village of Zaitseva, the partisan fighters report, the Nazis killed all the Jews, burning forty of them alive. In other small villages in the Orlov district the Jews were also massacred, some being hung, others shot and still others burned. In one town the Nazis threw their victims into a huge boiler which was used for rendering hog fat and built a roaring fire underneath it. Old women as well as children perished in this holocaust.
In Starobin 700 Jews were crowded into a slaughter house which had been drenched with kerosene and were burned alive, Pravda reports. Scores of other towns where the Jewish population was wiped out is also listed today in Pravda