French Jews Lack Newspaper

The total absence of a Jewish press is a characteristic feature of the present Jewish position in France. While during the first nine months of the war the reduced Jewish press counted two Yiddish dailies and scores of Yiddish and French weeklies and monthlies, not a single periodical survived the armistice.

The effort to resume publication of the Jewish National Fund fortnightly, Terre Retrouvee, failed. No initiative has been taken so far to publish a communal or informational paper despite the fact that the Jewish public is eager for news of Jewish developments abroad, especially in Palestine, and also need some inter-community link.

A few copies of the bulletin of the Jewish Agency for Palestine published in Geneva which trickled into France were hunted for by readers, as well as a typewritten Jewish Telegraphic Agency list of the victims of the Italian air raids in Tel Aviv, for which people write from the most remote towns begging a copy.

Hope is expressed that the contemplated Jewish representative body will publish a paper to link the French Jews with their coreligionist abroad and direct opinion toward the raising of the morale of the Jewish population.

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