SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE (Apr. 7)
Three large labor camps for Polish Jews have been established by the Nazis at Lublin, Ausschwitz and Birkenau, a report reaching here today disclosed. Jewish men and women from all parts of Poland are being driven to these camps, and assigned to difficult physical labor, the report said, adding that “the greatest rate of mortality is in the Birkenau camp.”
The same report reveals that several thousand Jews deported from the Warsaw ghetto have been brought to Belzec. In the town of Bochnia, near Cracow, only 5,000 Jews now remain, including a few thousand deportees from Lwow, the capital of Eastern Galicia. There are no more than 5,000 Jews left at present in the city of Stanislawow, in Eastern Galicia, the report also estimates.
Private reports from Germany state that the Nazis have organized a ruthless manhunt on all frontiers to block the attempts of Jews to elude their persecutors. The Gestapo has circularized its agents, urging redoubled vigilance against the Jews in consequence of a recent trial at Aachen, where a number of non-Jews, mostly women were sentenced to long terms for assisting Jews in reaching Belgium from Germany. The Gestapo circular says the number of Jews who have crossed frontiers is not ascertainable, but such flight must be prevented in the future by all means, to prevent the refugees, in the Nazi phrase, “from continuing abroad with renewed vigor their criminal agitation against the German people.” Gloating on the misery of captured fugitives, the order describes them as “ragged and torn, presenting a repulsive picture.”