Alexander Kirk on the deportation of Jews from Krakow based on information “furnished in confidence by Jewish leaders” in 1940

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The following information with regard to the deportation of Jews from Krakow was furnished in confidence by Jewish leaders at Warsaw.

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The Jewish population of Krakow now totals some 67,000 including about 11,000 deportees who have recently arrived from Polish regions annexed to Germany. The deportation held in May will immediately affect a total of 80,000 Jews and it cannot be regarded otherwise than a major disaster to Polish Jewry. The break up of the ancient, rich and powerful Jewish community at Krakow can bring nothing but destitution to its members who will be forced on short notice to emigrate without resources to such localities in the General Government as are able and willing to receive them.

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