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Paris to Cancel Refugees’ Visas

The extension of transit visas held by thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany was forbidden today in a circular order issued by the French Foreign Office. As a result mass expulsion of such refugees is momentarily expected to begin.

The order is considered a direct result of the anti-alien drive which has prevailed here for several weeks.

Jewish organizations, hoping to protect at least those of the refugees who have managed to set themselves up in business or have found other means of gaining a livelihood, have been negotiating with government authorities for some time, but apparently with little success.

SAD SCENES ENACTED

The announcement of today’s order resulted in distressing scenes in most of the offices of Jewish welfare organizations, which find themselves powerless to hold out any promise of relief.

Even the refugees who are earning their own living here are threatened by deportation, and most of the unfortunates are afraid to return to Germany, while the prospects of getting into other countries are very few.

Central Jewish organizations have renewed their efforts to induce the government to prevent the expulsion of the refugees. Partial relief was promised several weeks ago when 6,000 work permits were issued by the government to Jewish refugees from Germany as a means of preventing mass flight, and again last week when officials expressed deep sympathy for the plight of those who have found a haven in France. Assurance was given at the time that the Jews need not fear any expulsion order.

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