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Germans Reported Planning to Deport 15,000 Italian Jews to Russia for Forced Labor

Ten thousand to 15,000 Italian Jews will probably be sent shortly to the Minsk area to construct fortification under the supervision of the German Todt Organization, according to a report received here today. The German military authorities, the report says, have cleared the Minsk district of most of its inhabitants in preparation for a German stand there and, consequently, there is an acute shortage of labor.

The same report says that the Germans are planning to confine all the Jews in northern Italy in a ghetto near Piacenza before the end of the year. This is confirmed by a broadcast on the Paris radio today which stated that all Jews in Italy will be “incarcerated for the duration of hostilities.”

Another report received today says that in the Haute Savoie district of France, bordering on Switzerland, the Nazi occupation authorities have arrested all Jews in the towns of Annecy. Thonon and Chambery and have transferred them to an unknown destination.