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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
October
October 1938, German Jews with Polish citizenship deported to the Polish border town of Zbaszyn

October 1938

German Jews with Polish citizenship deported to the Polish border town of Zbaszyn

On October 27, 1938 the Germans began arresting Jews with Polish citizenship who had been living in Germany and began deporting them to Poland. The Polish authorities placed the Jews in the border town of Zbaszyn and forbade them from leaving in the hope that the large number of Jews near the border would pressure the Germans into beginning negotiations to allow them back into Germany. The negotiations ended in January 1939- some Jews had already been taken in by friends and family in Poland, while other deportees were permitted to return to Germany to wind up their affairs, and then return to Poland. For more about Zbaszyn, click here.