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Ghetto Established for Bulgarian Jews in Thrace

July 22, 1942
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A ghetto area has been established for Bulgarian Jews in an undisclosed portion of Thrace, according to a Berlin radio broadcast heard here today.

The measure appears to be a result of the “Nuremberg” laws recently adopted by the Bulgarian Parliament over considerable opposition. Berlin predicts that stiffer anti-Jewish regulations will follow those already made. However, the Nazis say that certain Jews, including those with war decorations, are exempt. Earlier reports said exemptions had been abolished.

Bulgarian Jews will be required to wear a red circle on the left side of their clothing, the Berlin announcer noted, and businesses in which they retain an interest will be similarly marked. This badge was first assigned to Jews by a church assembly at Offen, Germany, in the year 1279. In the future, the broadcast continued, Jews may not own houses or land in Bulgaria. The government will buy real estate now in their hands, it was said.

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