Judenrat of Sanok
World War II Correspondence
Courtesy of Dr. Abraham Werner / Translated by William Leibner
District of Sanok Sanok, 30th June 1940
Joint Distribution Committee
Dietlowska St. 85
We are not begging for the sake of asking for help, we are desperate due to our increased expenses that played havoc with our budget. We are providing free lunches to the indigenous Jews of the ghetto and also assist them financially on occasion but lately we also forced to provide 40 Jewish workers with meals or they will face starvation. These workers are forced laborers that the Germans requisitioned to perform heavy duty work in Bziance near Rymanow, Galicia. The work is extremely difficult and without supplementary food they will starve to death.
We are appealing to your office to increase our allocation so that we can continue to function and provide the vital service. We live with hope that you will not abandon us. You of course understand our situation and we hope that our allotment will be increased.
Attached is a signed financial statement for the month of May 1940.
The Sanok Judenrat office sent the above letter of appeal dated July 29th 1940 to the
Joint Distribution Committee in Krakow ( The USA was still not at war and therefore
Joint Distribution Committee continued to work).
I submitted all the accounts for the month of June and in addition beg you to help us
due to the severe situation that developed in our township.
We have a public kitchen that provides free meals for the elderly . We also have many
refugees from Krakow that we must help.
Furthermore, we must provide about 100 meals for people who the Germans grabbed for
forced labor and do not feed properly.
All these expenses are carried out by a city which consists of 75% new refugees. ญญ
Our treasury is empty.
We urge you to help us as soon as feasible. We hope that our appeal will not be ignored.