Rumanian Jews Forced to Build Fortifications in Expectation of Russian Offensive

The Swedish press reports today that thousands of Rumanian Jews have been sent to Bessarabia to build fortifications on the banks of the Dniester and Prut rivers in preparation for a possible Russian offensive if the Rumanian forces are compelled to retreat from Odessa, which is now under Rumanian administration.

Swedish newspapers also report that in order to counteract unrest in the Baltic countries caused by the advance of the Russian Army, the German authorities in Lithuania have launched a violent anti-Jewish campaign in the local press around the allegation that Jews are taking revenge on the local population as soon as territory is reoccupied by the Russian troops.

The Italian fascist radio station in the German-held part of Italy today broadcast an article from the Italian newspaper Messagero branding the Jews “Italy’s Enemy Number One” and urging the Italian people “to overcome their indifference with regard to the Jewish danger.” The broadcast revealed that Jews in the German-held part of Italy are charged with showing “exuberant joy” over the collapse of the fascist regime and with “participating in acts of devastation” during that period.

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