chapter  7
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The Lublin reservation

But Volksgenossen [members of the German Volk ] who are well informed about the Jewish Question are absolutely in favour and approve of this action . . .

The following text is a summary of a report delivered by two Jews, Jonathan Eibeschütz and Jacob Mandelbaum, who had been deported from the town of Bielsko-Biała in south-western Poland to the Lublin reservation, evidently in October 1939. The two escaped and made their way to Wilno, where representatives of the World Jewish Congress recorded their testimony. The document is one of the earliest examples of eyewitness testimony gathered by Jews from other Jews and one of the few extant descriptions of how the Lublin reservation programme actually operated.