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Swarms of Starving, Ragged Children Roam the Warsaw Ghetto

December 23, 1941
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Swarms of starving Jewish children roam the Warsaw ghetto seeking bread, it is disclosed by Polish Jewish circles here today. From early morning until late at night, these sources report, hundreds of begging children can be seen on the streets. Some of them have been orphaned by the war or by Nazi brutality, but the majority of them are begging not only for themselves but for parents who are unable to earn a living.

In an attempt to partially alleviate this condition a home for these waifs has been opened on Zamenhof street in the Warsaw ghetto, it is reported here. About 100 children have already been placed there and steps have been taken to collect others from places outside Warsaw.

Another symptom of the appalling misery that prevails in the ghetto, the Polish Jewish circles reveal, is the fact that 6,000 applications were received, including some from doctors, lawyers and from three millionaires, when the Warsaw kehila advertised that nine hundred caretaker posts were open.

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