Zurich (Jul. 19)
The city of Odessa which had a Jewish population of more than 153,000 before the outbreak of the war, but which was made “judenrein” by mass-pogroms during the Axis occupation, now has a “new Jewish population” consisting of 54 Jewish tailors and shoemakers herded into a ghetto which is perhaps the smallest one in Axis-held Europe, it was reported here today.
The 54 Jews were chosen from among the Rumanian Jews who were deported to Transnistria. They are working on orders for the local Rumanian garrison under the direction of a Bucharest Jew, Faby Jacobsohn, the report says. Other groups of skilled Jewish workers may be sent from Transnistria to Odessa in view of the acute shortage of tailors and shoemakers needed by the Axis troops there.
Rumanian newspapers reaching here today report that the authorities in Rumania have resumed confiscating Jewish communal property, including buildings of synagogues. The Bucharest newspaper Argus says that the property of the Jewish communities is being taken over by the Office for the Rumanization of Jewish Property.