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More than two-thirds of them resided in a few large — cities, — ^ clustered together for mutual support. The many ghettos created by the Nazi masters of Poland not only telescoped the deprivations in the Reich, they went far beyond them. In November 1939, for example, Jews in the Gov- ernment Genercd of Poland were forced to wear —a white special insignia — armband with a blue, six-pointed Star of David nearly two years before wearing the yellow star on a black background became mandatory for their fellow Jews in Germany.

Immunizing serum was contraband, tiplied, costly, and scarce. Tuberculosis, inand intestinal diseases also fluenza, claimed a legion of victims. Cold and hunger added to the misery. Lumps of coal were so pre- cious they were called "black pearls," and the food ration fell below starvation level. At less than 300 calories per day, a month's allotment provided no more than three days of normal human consumpEating tion. "It is became an common enough families to die on one ghetto diarist. "If this I rwx^ obsession.

According to Ribbentrop's notes of the meeting. " Despite these obstacles, the Reich Central Office succeeded in nearly doubling the rate of emigration during 1939. About 78,000 Jews left Gerto ship 10,000 many that year, cies in Berlin to emigrate. primarily as a result of high-pressure tactics. Jewish agen- were forced to submit a daily list of seventy families prepared those who departed were several thousand people Among smuggled by ship into Palestine past a blockade of British destroyers.

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