London (Nov. 23)
Thousands of Dutch Jews married to non-Jewish spouses have been sterilized in Amsterdam hospitals within the past few weeks, according to a report “from the German frontier” received by Dutch circles here today.
The report said that the sterilization is performed by German doctors and the patients are kept in the hospital for a week after the operation. Persons submitting to sterilization are permitted to remain in Holland and are not compelled to wear a yellow Mogen David badge. Recently, however, 150 prominent Jews, who had been confined in a camp at Barneveld, were sterilized and then deported to Germany, the report adds.
The search for fugitive Jews continues, the report says, with the Germans estimating that there are 15,000 Jews at large. Last week police succeeded in arresting a number of them, while others whose nerves had been shattered by their constant flight voluntarily surrendered.
The liquidation of the Netherlands Jewish community was speeded up after the visit to Holland of Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler, the information received here states, with 1,000 Jews being sent to Eastern Europe weekly.