World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, November 7, 1939
Day 68

November 7, 1939: Front page of the Midland Daily Telegraph, Coventry, England.

Note the story in column 3: "Nazis Plan Vast Ghetto"
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November 7, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Note the story in column 4: "1400 Jews Escape From Nazi Terror"

Also note the City of Flint saga continues in the papers of the day.
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November 7, 1939: Front page of the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Note the story in column 4: "Gestapo Terror In Vienna Campaign"
(The Gestapo were the German secret state police, originally organized under Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, but later taken over by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. GESTAPO is an acronym for Geheime Staatspolizei.)
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November 7, 1939: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Note the story in column 7: "We're Too Humane Is Goering's Excuse"
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November 7, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Note the story in column 3: "U-boat Menace Mastered"
(This may have been a propaganda piece intended to bolster morale, but if it was an assessment of the war at sea it was completely inaccurate. For the whole of Nov. 1939 only 1 U-boat was sunk, and that not until late in the month. Since the beginning of the war only 8 U-boats had been sunk. In contrast the Germans had sunk 50 ships in September, 34 in October and by the end of November another 29. These take into account ships of all nations and causes of loss, including mines.)
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November 7, 1939: Front page of CZAS Polish Times, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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November 7, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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November 7, 1939: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.

Note the story in column 8: "Life Normal In Warsaw"
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November 7, 1939: Front page of the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas.
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November 7, 1939: Front page of the Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.

Note the sub-headline: "Merchant Vessels Move To Escape Arms Provisions"
(This was a move by some U.S. shipping companies to change the registration of their ships to Panama in order to avoid U.S. law which would prohibit them from carrying arms and other goods to belligerent countries, including England. Doing this put the ships and crews in harms way as it made them legitimate targets for German submarines.)
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November 7, 1939: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.

Note the registry transfer is also the headline in this paper. Also note that the stories about Jews and the Gestapo are absent from the front pages of the U.S. newspapers.
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November 7, 1939: Front page of The Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Erhöhte Mengen in der Lebensmittelzuteilung!
(Food allotments to be increased.)

2. Wie die Reichsregelung in Hamburg durchgeführt wird.
(How Reich regulations are carried out in Hamburg.)