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Thousands of Jews in Western Europe Hiding from Gestapo in Woods, Villages

Thousands of Jewish men and women, hiding from the Gestapo, are wandering in woods and in villages all over Western Europe finding refuge here and there among the local non-Jewish population, but gradually being discovered by the Gestapo and deported to Nazi-held Russian territory, it was reported here today from information reaching Allied Governments’ circles.

The report describes the situation of these Jews as “critical,” They live in constant dread of being discovered and suffer from cold and hunger. “Only if they are admitted into neutral countries will they be saved from certain death,” the report emphasizes.

Details are given of a number of hiding places where numerous Jews are sheltered by their non-Jewish countrymen. The location of these places can manifestly not be disclosed, but the problem of maintaining the Jews there is becoming increasingly complicated. “The victims will not be able to endlessly endure the terrible conditions in which they exist now,” the report says.

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