Zurich (Feb. 17)
Jews in Bucharest and other large Rumanian cities will be the first to be “evacuated” under the new plan to de-populate the larger centers in Rumania, it is reported in the Swiss press today.
The plan, which will result in the deportation of those Jews who have hitherto been permitted to remain in Old Rumania, is reported to have been designed by the Nazi military authorities who intend to make Bucharest their head-quarters for the Balkans as a result of the improved Russian position on the Black Sea and the fear of Russia’s retaking Bessarabia. The deported Jews will be restricted to residence in remote townships and villages.
The German radio stations today, for the first time, openly told the German people that mass-exterminations of Jews have been carried out by the German authorities in occupied territories. These executions, the Berlin radio “explained,” were necessary as “a precaution against Bolshevism.” The largest massacre of Jews took place in Latvia, the Nazi radio stated.
The St. Galler Tageblatt, a Swiss newspaper, today carries a report from Budapest declaring that the Hungarian Government has reached the conclusion that the anti-Jewish laws introduced under German pressure have brought great personal advantages to many individuals, but have not proved advantageous to Hungary as a whole. It is for this reason, the report states, that the anti-Jewish laws are now being eased. Not only have Hungarian export firms been exempted from dismissing Jewish employees, but Jews serving in labor battalions are not being compelled to work on Saturdays, and their families are now given the same compensation as that granted to families of Hungarian soldiers.