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Christian Delegation Appears Before Dutch Nazi Governor to Ask Mercy for Jews

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A delegation of prominent Protestant and Catholic church leaders of Holland visited Arthur Seyss-Inquart. Nazi governor of the Netherlands, and vigorously protested to him the persecution and deportation of tens of thousands of Dutch Jews, it was learned here today upon receipt of a copy of the illegal newspaper “Vry Nederland,” which was smuggled out of the country.

The churchmen pointed out to Seyss-Inquart that numerous Jews had been deported and that there was an alarmingly high rate of mortality among the deportees. “The Church would fail grossly to do its duty,” they told the Nazi commissar, “if it did not call on the authorities to halt these measures.” Replying, Seyss-Inquart stated that “with Jews there can be no question of charity, The Jewish problem will be solved by the Germans themselves.”

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