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Jews in Polish Ukraine Held Relieved at Escape from Nazis

September 20, 1939
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The Jews in the Polish Ukraine “feel relieved that they have been spared, even if only temporarily, from the fear of Nazi pogroms,” as result of the Soviet occupation, the Havas News Agency reported today in a dispatch from Cernauti, Rumania.

“Conversations with people there seemed to indicate that the people of the Polish Ukraine have not been especially displeased by the advance of the Russians,” Havas said. “The Soviet propaganda that reaches them says the Soviet advance is preventing the area from passing under German domination. Moreover, this whole region has been subjected to German aerial attack and the arrival of the Soviet forces is regarded as a means of escaping the horror from the skies.”

(The New York Times, in a delayed Bucharest dispatch dated Sunday, said the mixed Rumanian, Russian and Jewish population in Bessarabian frontier towns evidenced “no special Nervousness” over the Red Army’s invasion of Poland.)

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