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Nazis Admit Execution of Jews in Bialystok; Jewish Doctors Mobilized for Military Hospitals

July 18, 1941
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The Berlin radio in a broadcast last night admitted the mass-execution of Jews in Bialystok and the burning of synagogues there immediately after the occupation of that city by German troops.

It was learned here today also that the Nazi authorities in occupied Poland issued an order to all Jewish doctors and medical students to report at once to German military quarters for assignment to military hospitals overcrowded with German soldiers and officers wounded on the Russian front. The mobilization of Jewish doctors for work in German military hospitals will greatly affect Jewish health conditions in the ghettos where typhus is reported to be raging.

The correspondent of the Swedish liberal newspaper Dagens Nvheter who just returned to Berlin from a visit to Warsaw, wires from Berlin that an average of hundred typhus cases monthly have been registered in the Warsaw ghetto during the last months. Describing the starvation which he observed among the Jews in the ghetto, the correspondent states that the German official who took him around the ghetto explained to him sarcastically that the ghetto is not being supplied with sufficient food “because the Jews are on a slimming diet”. The correspondent describes general conditions of life in the ghetto as utterly miserable. “There are no parks, no gardens, no playgrounds in all of the ghetto territory. Everything is bought and sold there on the street pavements. Even drinking water is sold. A glass of water costs ten groshen”, the Swedish correspondent states in his report.

In reporting on the execution of Jews in Bialystok by German soldiers, the Berlin radio stated that a search for arms was conducted by the invading troops in the burning synagogues “where large armament stores were found”. Also that “food dumps were discovered in Jewish homes”. The search continued several days.

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