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Nazi Press Announces Jews Will Be Expelled to Overseas Colonies

December 8, 1941
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The German press today published obviously inspired articles announcing that “the Jewish problem will be solved in overseas colonies, but not Palestine.” The deportation of German Jews to Poland is only a temporary measure, the Nazi newspapers emphasize.

Deportation of Jews from the Reich is expected to be resumed soon, according to reliable information, since the Nazi authorities are determined to make the Reich “judenrein” by April 1st. Gestapo officials are now visiting Jewish homes all over the Reich warning the inhabitants to prepare “for a long journey.” They, however, specify that the first deportees will be men and women over sixty years of age. The other Jews will be retained in Germany for a while since they are needed for factory work.

Meanwhile, more Jews are being brought to Germany from Holland in cattle trains, deported from their homes in Amsterdam at several hours notice. The deportees are transported primarily to factories in Munich and Cologne where they are put to work in segregated Jewish units.

Expecting further mass-deportations to Poland, Jews in the Reich are now selling their furniture, rugs and other movables which they will not be permitted to take with them when transported from the Reich. This has resulted in a Nazi order published during the week-end in the organ of the Berlin Jewish Community prohibiting Jews to sell their personal belongings without an official permit. All sales of Jewish movables conducted between Oct. 15th and today must be declared to the authorities on special forms, the order provides.

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