The Tragedy of Polish Jewry , published by the Joint Committee for the Aid of Jews of Poland

This shocking pamphlet, with reports that describe the plight of Polish Jews in Poland and those who fled to Rumania, Hungary, Slovakia and the Soviet Union, was published in July 1940, before the sealing of the Warsaw Ghetto in November. These excerpts are from a report by A. Hartglas, President of the Zionist Organization of Poland and former member of the Polish Sejm (parliament):

Several weeks ago an order was issued that all Jews between the ages of 14 and 60, both men and women, must register for forced labor…

The Ghetto plan has not been abandoned, but only postponed. The Germans say that it will certainly be put into effect. The latest word is that all the Jews of Warsaw will be compelled to move into the Praga quarter of that city in March 1940…

The largest synagogue in the Praga quarter of Warsaw was invaded during services by Germans, who ordered Rabbi Silberstein and the whole congregation to go out in the street and dance in their prayer shawls if they did not want to be shot.

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