London (Oct. 7)
Fifteen-thousand Jews were quartered in the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto as of July 1, having been brought there from other parts of Poland for slave labor, after all the original residents were either murdered or deported at the conclusion of the battle in the ghetto in April, according to a report from the Polish underground, dated August 29, which was received here today.
This report, together with another message dated Sept, 23, was received by Dr. Ignacy Schwarzbart, Jewish deputy in the Polish National Council, in reply to queries he had sent via official government channels. The earlier report states that it is obviously impossible to estimate exactly how many Jews remain in Poland, but that on the basis of figures available to the underground, there were only about 300,000 Jews on July 1, including those in ghettos and concentration camps.
The report states further that about 12,000 Jews were living in Vilna on that date, 8,000 in Cracow, 5,000 in Lwow, 4,000 in the Lublin area and 30,000 in Bendzin. While the underground representative was in Bendzin, however, 7,000 Jews were sent from there to the Oswiecim concentration camp. The second message adds that by early in September, all of the Bendzin Jews had either been murdered or deported.