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Slovakian Government Seizes $1,632,000 Earned by Jewish Forced Laborers

Jewish forced laborers in Slovakia earned 48,000,000 crowns (nominally $1,632,000) during 1943, all of which was retained by the government, according to a report by Anton Vasek, a leader of the Hlinka Guard, Slovakian storm-troop organization, quoted in Slovakian newspapers received here today. Vasak said that part of the money earned by the Jews went for maintenance of the camps in which the Jews are confined, while the balance “went to the State for additional investments.”

Urging a “final solution” of the Jewish problem in the country, Vasek disclosed figures on the liquidation and deportation of Slovakian Jews. Between 1940 and 1942, he said, the number of Jews in the Bratislava District was reduced from 21,000 to 6,000 in the Nitra district from 10,000 to 2,000; in the Trencianska district from 12,000 to 300, in the Tatranska district 10,900 to 3,900; in the Zemplinska district from 32,000 to 4,300; and in the Pohronska district from 5,000 to 1,600.

Since 1942, numerous reports reaching here have indicated that the number of Jews in Slovakia has been reduced to an even lower figure through deportations and deaths. Before the war there were 90,000 Jews in Slovakia.

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