Jews in labor camps

Amsterdam, The start of the war
maart 1942

Jews were the new population of the labor camps; they were unemployed because of the regulations of the occupiers.

Halfway through 1942 the isolation of the Jews was a fact. On 26 June 1942, the Nazis notified the Jewish Council that Jews would be brought in to what was deceptively called “employment stimulation in the east.” Jews received summonses for this by mail. Reactions to this call-up differed: some went into hiding; others tried to arrange a temporary exemption through the Jewish Council; and still others decided to comply with the summons. For whoever didn’t report voluntarily could be picked up by the police and still be deported.