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We find evidence for this, in fact, in a large number of places in Poland. There were also clandestine high schools in Warsaw which received some funds from illegal JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) sources. The activities of such schools are documented. Their older students passed official matriculation exams under conditions which were, to put it mildly, unusual. 9 Political parties were of course proscribed, as were newspapers or printing of any description. But we now know of more than fifty titles of underground newspapers in Warsaw alone, and most of the political parties continued their clandestine existence.

It seems likely that the hope of achieving something in the Mayer negotiations contributed to this ss decision. In early January, the opposition ofStettinius to the transfer of$5 million to Mayer was finally overcome. The money was not paid to the Germans, but served only to goad the ss into further talks. There were now also parallel efforts through other intermediaries: the Swiss politician Jean-Marie Musy ~nd, in Sweden, a Nazi by the name of Peter Kleist who tried to contact the Americans there.

We find a large number of such instances in concentration and death camps. Of course, there were uncounted instances of dehumanization in a stark fight for survival: bread was stolen from starving inmates by their comrades, violent struggles broke out over soup, over blankets, over work details - struggles which only too often ended with death. In the conditions of the camps, incidents of this kind are not surprising or unusual, but examples such as the one mentioned are. The few Jews who did survive could not have done so without the companionship and cooperation of friends.

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