Moscow (Feb. 24)
Four hundred Jewish old men, women and children were executed in Kursk shortly before the Nazis were for cod to evacuate that key city, it is reported today in the newspaper Izvestia, organ of the Soviet Government.
When the Germans occupied Kursk in the Autumn of 1941, the majority of the city’s Jewish population was evacuated to the interior of the country “where they found homes and work,” Izvestia writes, During the nineteen months that the Nazis occupied the city, however, hundreds of Jews who had not succeeded in escaping were shot in cold blood, the newspaper reveals. Every day that the Red Army advances and liberates more towns, further evidence of the “monstrous atrocities committed upon Soviet citizens, Jews and non-Jews, are revealed,” the article adds.
The Moscow press today also reports that the Council of Peoples Commissars has raised three more Jewish officers to the rank of Major-General. They are Jacob Rappaport and Naftoly Frankel of the Engineering Corps and Lazar Berenson of the Quartermaster Corps.