Paris (Jul. 4)
Andre Citroen, noted French motor magnate, who died here yesterday at the age of 57, was born in Paris of Dutch-Jewish extraction. However, he never participated in any Jewish affairs.
M. Citroen was one of the most dramatic figures in French industry after the World War. Not many years before the war, he was an unknown engineer struggling for success. During the War he was in charge of the great arsenal at Roanne, which turned out some 55,000 shells per day. His organizing ability and inventive genius contributed greatly to the victory of the allied forces.
His methods of production earned for him the name of “the Henry Ford of France.” But the depression and increased competition hit him hard, and he was finally forced to turn his business over to creditors a few months ago.
Citroen had been ill for many months with a cancer in the stomach. This and his grief over the recent loss of a daughter, brought about his end.