File No. 763.72115/2980
The Minister in Belgium ( Whitlock) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 13.]
Sir: With reference to my telegram of the 15th instant, No. 32, regarding the deportations of Belgians from the city of Brussels, I have the honor to state that summonses to appear for examination rare now being sent out by the German authorities, directing the men to appear on Saturday, the 20th instant, at the Gare du Midi.
The method of summoning the men is different from that employed hitherto, and indicates greater care in preparation. No announcements have been posted on the city walls; persons whom it is desired to examine are summoned individually by post card, and are at the same time advised as to the punishment to which they will expose themselves if they do not reply to the summons, the preparatory measures which they should take in view of a possible deportation, and the bureau to which they should apply in the event of their voluntary inscription for work in lieu of deportation.
A copy and translation of this post card of notification are enclosed herewith.
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