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Polish Army’s Only Jewish General Slain in Defense of Kattowice; Gestapo Executes Hundreds

September 26, 1939
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The newspaper L’Independence Belge reported from Bucharest today that General Bernard Mond, only Jewish general in the Polish army and commander of the Kattowice garrison, was killed leading a bayonet charge in defense of the city during the early days of the war.

The newspaper also reported that the Gestapo, German secret police, has arrested thousands of Jews in Lodz and executed hundreds of them. The dispatch said the Germans were particularly irritated by the heroism of the Polish Jewish soldiers, which had evoked a special tribute from Marshal Edward SmiglyRydz, Polish commander-in-chief.

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