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Hitler Plans to “liquidate” Warsaw Ghetto; All Jews to Be Sent to Lublin Reservation

March 3, 1942
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A plan to “liquidate” the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw and to transfer all the 500,000 Jews confined there to a “reservation” in the Lublin district is now being worked out by Nazi authorities in Berlin, according to a report published in the Nazi newspaper Warschauer Zeitung which reached here today.

The report says that the order to prepare such a plan came directly from Hitler. The plan provides that the Warsaw ghetto is to become “Judenrein” by the end of 1946.

In informing the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto that they will not be permitted to remain even there, the Warschauer Zeitung states that the Nazi authorities intend to reconstruct the ghetto section of the city into a modern quarter of Warsaw by demolishing the old buildings and erecting new modern apartment houses which will be restricted to Germans only. A Nazi official named Dr. Fischer has been entrusted with working out all the details of the transfer of the Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to the Lublin reservation, the Nazi newspaper reports.


Coupled with this new announcement of the revival of the “Lublin reservation plan” which the Nazis gave up in 1940, the authorities in Germany this week clarified the special labor legislation which they have introduced for Jewish and Polish workers in Germany and which they are now extending to Russian forced labor. The “clarified” slave labor regulations point out that apart from previously announced restrictions for Jewish and Polish laborers, the following instructions are to be carried out:

1. Jews should be used as far as possible for unskilled work only.

2. As war prisoners, Jews should be set to work in groups only. In cases where the National Labor Exchange allows exceptions, the Jews working singly must be kept separated from the non-Jewish workers.

3. German employers may force Jewish and Polish workers to work on official holidays. They can ask them to work on Sundays and extra hours without paying them for overtime.

4. Jewish and Polish workers are not to receive any pay for days of enforced idleness due to shortage of raw materials, or transportation difficulties, or breakdowns in the plants where they are working.

5. In case of sickness, no wages are to be paid to Jewish and Polish workers.

The new instructions also provide that when a Jewish worker meets with an accident during work, the Nazi employer is no longer obliged to pay him any wages. He is, however, permitted to give the disabled Jewish worker an allowance sufficient to keep him alive until he is able to return to work.

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