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Nazis Attach Baltic Jews to Units of Russian War Prisoners Assigned to Hard Labor

December 8, 1941
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Able-bodied Jews in the Nazi-occupied Baltic countries are being attached to units of Russian war prisoners and sent to work digging peat, according to reports reaching here today. The Jews are the only section of the civilian population forced to work in the peat fields.

Reports from Rumania disclose that Jews in the occupied Soviet territory annexed by Rumania and renamed Transdnestria, have been separated into small groups of twenty persons each and stationed in wrecked villages where they are assigned to hard labor. Many members of Jewish families have been scattered and are not permitted to maintain any contact with each other.

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