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The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941$
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Azriel Shohet, Mark Jay Mirsky, and Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804741583

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804741583.001.0001

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The Second World War up to the Nazi Occupation (September 16, 1939–July 4, 1941)

The Second World War up to the Nazi Occupation (September 16, 1939–July 4, 1941)

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(p.638) Eleven The Second World War up to the Nazi Occupation (September 16, 1939–July 4, 1941)
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The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804741583.003.0011

World War II began in Poland in the early summer months of 1939. The impact of the conflict on Pinsk and its Jews was profound. Fully aware that Poland was no match for Germany, the Jews had no idea of what the Nazis would do to them. During the night of September 1, Adolf Hitler's air force began bombing defense installations and airports in western Poland. It was only a matter of time before Pinsk would fall to the Nazis. On September 16, the Soviet Union invaded Polish territory as part of the Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement of August 23. Pinsk's economy was badly affected, as prices soared and food supply became scarce. Political parties disbanded on their own and ceased to exist.

Keywords:   World War II, Pinsk, Jews, Nazis, Germany, Poland, Soviet Union, Ribbentrop-Molotov agreement, political parties, food supply

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