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The Southern Jewish weekly. [volume] (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992, September 29, 1939, Image 2

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Nazi Bombing Drives Jewish Children
Insane In Polish Orphanage
BY MANUEL MOSES
(Manuel Moses, veteran East
European Correspondent and
chief of the Jewish Telegraph
ic Agency’s staff in Poland,
toured Jewish quarters do*
vastated by German aerial
bombardment. "His descrip
tion was broadcast nationally
in the United States. Follow
ing are excerpts from the
broadcast.)
WARSAW (JTA)—Here is Mr.
Moses speaking. I am the corre
spondent of the Jewish Telegraph
ic Agency in Poland. I have al
ways endeavored in my cables to
render a faithful report of events
in my beloved country, Poland.
You readers of the American pa
pers know my reports which are
signed by the initials JTA. I
deeply regret that my first broad
cast to you is not a merrier one,
but, never mind, surely I will soon
have better news for you. To
day’s talk is about my visit to a
health resoit in the vicinity of
Warsaw.
This was . . . kilometers dist
ant from Warsaw and one of the
most famous health resorts in Po
land. There are various homes
for aged men, women and children,
mid sanitoriums for pulmonary
sufferers. But there Is no mili
tary garrison and no militory
buildings whatsoever there. Os
this I assure you, ladies and gen
tlemen. This is Hie place singled
out by Hitler’s airmen for their
barbarous attack on Friday, Sep
tember 1, between nine and ten
a. m.
I was there after the German
planes had been chased away by
the Polish heroes, but it worried
me that it is beyond my people’s
ability to give you a true picture
of what the barbarians have done
there. I would rather like to take
you, my friends, for a trip over
there and show you around this
unique and beautiful place. You
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will not find here big buildings and
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the lofty centenarian fir trees and
i the modest villas in a forest that
stretches for miles and miles.
You would breathe here the air
of the pine trees which has no
where its equal, and it is there
that stands the home for wee
Jewish children of the Centos
Society. This society is main
tained chiefly out of American
funds. This home is now in ruins.
The children are shelterless, for
such was the will of Adolph Hit
ler.
The bombarded sanitorium of
the Jewish child-caring society
housed 200 children of both sexes,
aged from 7 to 16. When I ap
proached the site of this sanator
ium, which is considered a modern
establishment of its kind, my eyes
were struck by a terrible picture
of destruction. The main build
ing of the institution, hit by a
crashing bomb, was entirely de
molished. Around the house there
are to be seen holes two yards
deep . . . There are visible rem
nants of a staircase, near ruins
of a demolished kitchen. High
above is a clock hanging on a
broken piece of wall. By a
strange coincidence, Hie clock re
mained untouched amid the sur
rounding ruins . . . At a distance
of a few feet, charred debris.
That is all that remained of the
second building which housed the
staff of the orphanage. This
building had been hit from a low
altitude by an incendiary bomb
and the ruins were sHU aflame.
I come nearer, I see children
with staring eyes around the de
bris. All children have been shak
en by a terrible shock. After the
explosion, many children fled
blindly away as if pursued by a
ghost. Some have been found af
ter a long search and carried into
madness. A few more are still
wandering in the vicinity—scared
children who at the slightest sound
rush panic-stricken into a ditch,
seeking refuge from the invisible
enemy.
I attempted to start a conversa-
Hon but I could not extract a
word from the children who were
dumb with fear. I talked to the
brave teachers who themselves,
with the greatest effort, came to
the children’s rescue, crying:
“Save the children first.”
On Friday morning when the
children left the refectory and
were carrying out their usual oc
cupations, three fast-approaching
airplanes were sighted. Suddenly
all had been stunned by a terrible
explosion. The whole building
caved in; a piercing cry was rais
ed by the children. In a second,
the neighboring building of Hie
orphanage stood aflame. Children
jumped down from the first floor
to the arms of the teachers who
stood underneath. The last to
leave the building were the mem
bers of the staff—many of whom
broke their legs in jumping. The
manager of the sanatorium was
dangerously wounded.
(Eight orphans, two men and
two women were killed in Hie
raid on this home.)
Today the German airplanes
bombed three of the a
Christian churchyard and a camp
of Girl Scouts. Bombs also were
thrown on civilian populaHon in
Warsaw and some adjacent sum
mer resorts. Don’t think, how
ever, that such sights make us
afraid here in Poland. On the
ruins a new life will shoot up. The
sanatorium is already being re
constructed. We hope that the
whole ciHzenry will support us in
the struggle.
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
jßdigioui New, Service
WATCH THE BACK ROADSi
Polish Jews Here
Join United Body
To Aid Poland
NEW YORK (JTA)—The Fed
eration of Polish Jews in America
announced that it has called meet
ings of its constituent groups
throughout the country “to take
the necessary measures to help
the Jews in Poland and to coop
erate with all the local Polish
groups in the respective territor
ies who are organizing for the
defense of the Polish Republic.
The Federation has pledged its
support to a new central council,
or Rada, formed to coordinate ef
forts in this country to help Po
land. The organization is “ready
to cooperate to the fullest extent
With all other, non-Jewish groups
in America in defense of Poland’s
independence, in keeping with the
pledge of support given by the
Federation to the Polish Ambassa
dor last Wednesday,” declared ex
ecutive Director Zelig Tygel in a
statement.
The Federation also stated that
it is in a position to transmit
contributions to Polish Jews by
cable.
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