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Turks Continue Expulsions

July 8, 1934
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Jewish refugees forcibly ejected from Turkish frontier zones continue to pour into Orestiada, Greek frontier town on the route to Istanbul. Trains are arriving there packed with Jewish women and children driven from Adrianople to an unknown destination. The men have been placed in a concentration camp near the Turkish township of Ouzoinkipru. Their fate is unknown. The men were brutally separated from their families. Many children have disappeared and the frantic mothers were unable to search for them.

According to the refugees all the Jews in Turkish Thrace have been exiled. Their property was either sold for next to nothing or else abandoned.

Railway stations at Alboulou, Lulebourgas and Tylolosis are packed with more than 1,000 Jewish refugees awaiting trains for Istanbul, Conditions at the stations are reported to be indescribable. Only a few wagons are available and the mass of refugees are camped there under the most unsanitary conditions. It is feared that an epidemic may break out unless the refugees are removed.


Reports emanating from Salonica on the wholesale deportations were emphatically denied yesterday and high Turkish officials declared that those responsible for the expulsions, which were termed unauthorized and due to misunderstandings, would be severely punished.

The Greek newspaper Embros of the frontier town of Demotica reports that the Turkish national organization, Hali Ferkassi Ismeli, proclaimed an anti-Jewish boycott and placed pickets outside the doors of Jewish shops. According to the paper the Turkish governor

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