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Nazis Expel All Jews from Luck; Hang Jewish Lawyer in Lublin Ghetto

January 13, 1942
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The entire Jewish population of the city of Luck, in Nazi-occupied Poland, has been expelled from the city, Reuters, Britain’s leading news agency, reported today. No details of the expulsion were given. The place to where the 50,000 Jewish inhabitants of Luck were deported was also not mentioned in the report.

Polish government circles here today received a report that a Jewish lawyer was hanged by the Gestapo in the Lublin ghetto for alleged anti-Nazi activities. The name of the lawyer was not revealed, but it was said that he was an active member of the illegal Jewish Socialist Bund which is working hand-in-hand with the Polish underground groups in spreading anti-Nazi information picked up from foreign broadcasts. The Jewish lawyer, according to the report, was caught by Gestapo agents, half-frozen, on the road leading to Lublin from a neighboring town where he had spread illegal leaflets.

Despite the fact that the ghetto in Lublin is strongly guarded, many young Jews there, according to the Polish report, are risking their lives and taking secret trips to neighboring townships and villages to keep the Polish peasantry informed as to what the Polish Government in London is doing for the liberation of Poland. The young Jewish lawyer whom the Gestapo hanged was termed by Poles here as “one of the most fearless organizers of anti-Nazi opposition in Poland.”

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