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Brutalities that beggar description are becoming commonplace here in the execution of the orders of the Polish government for the expulsion of the Russian and Ukrainian Jewish refugees. Despite the order of the government that the expulsion is to be carried out with a minimum of severity, the agents of the government have instituted a reign of frightfulness.
Families are being torn apart, the police seizing the refugees wherever they may be found and refusing them even the opportunity to join the rest of their families and leave the country together. In some cases little children have been taken from their homes unaccompanied. The same cruel treatment is being accorded to the aged men of 70 and over.
Circumstances are being entirely ignored. Seizure follows wherever the refugees are found. The refugees then are spirited away to the borders.
No attention is paid by the police to see whether the refugee has succeeded in getting the passports, tickets for steamers and made the necessary arrangements for departure.
Three orphaned children of six, eight and eleven were recently seized in this fashin and taken to the Russian border despite the fact that they already had passports and tickets – all ready for sailing to America in a few days.
The troubles of the refugees however only begin when they are taken to the Russian-Polish border. There the Bolshevik soldiers are on the watch and will not permit the Polish police to leave the Jewish refugees there.
During the hours of the night the refugees are rushed to the frozen river Zbrucz however by the Soviet troops, the refugees are again seized and taken back to the Polish border. Shots are exchanged by the troops guarding the border on both sides to frighten away each other.
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