Jews in Belgium will be compelled to wear a yellow Mogen David on the left side of their outer garments, beginning this Saturday, according to an official decree issued today by the Nazi military commander of Belgium. The decree follows upon the heels of an order by the German occupation authorities in France instructing Jews in the occupied zone to don the yellow badges this coming Sunday.
In November, 1940 the Nazi administration in Antwerp issued an order requiring all Jews to wear Mogen David armlets. As a result, the rest of the population, demonstrating its sympathy with the Jews, put on similar arm bands, so that the Germans were unable to distinguish between Jews and non-Jews. Even the Gestapo agents were powerless to meet the situation and the order was tacitly dropped, until it was revived today.
Another decree issued today by the Nazi military command in Belgium forbids Jews to remain in the homes of non-Jews during the curfew hours.
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