Menu JTA Search

Reynaud Hits Nazi Racial Persecution in Radio Talk to U.s

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

Premier Paul Reynaud, in his English-language broadcast to the United States tonight pledging the Allies to “strike with such energy that there will be no blackout of civilization,” condemned racial persecution in Germany.

“I will say, ‘No counterfeit peace!” the Premier asserted. “Hitler’s Germany will not succeed in selling us that counterfeit, and as for other counterfeits, we leave them to her. May she keep the horrid counterfeit for true religion which she calls racial cult and the no less counterfeit for order which she calls the Gestapo.

“Our way of living, of which I spoke a moment ago, does not get along with such creations. In France a priest or pastor is not thrown into prison because he serves another master than the head of the State. In France a child is not snatched from his family by the party in power and compelled to denounce his parents. We have no Gestapo to alienate citizen from citizen, ‘Aryan’ from ‘non-Aryan,’ man from God. To tell the truth, we are proud of defending a cause like ours from such an enemy.”

NEXT STORY