VICHY (Nov. 3)
All Jews in occupied France must have their passports and other identity papers stamped with the word “Juif” (Jew) in capital, red-ink letters, it was reported here today. Foreign Jews are also affected.
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The German authorities have demanded that Chief Rabbi Julien Weill constitute a “responsible Jewish board” to represent and bear the responsibility for the Jewish population. Dr. Weill refused, declaring that French Jewry was not a national minority but purely a religious community and not entitled to handle any matters outside religious affairs.
More than 60,000 volumes have been confiscated by the Germans in Paris from the libraries of the Alliance Israelite and rabbinical seminary, including the historic original protocols of the “Sanhedrin” (Jewish assembly) convoked by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806.
The well-known Judaica bookshop owned by Lipschutz in Paris has been sacked by the occupation authorities and many precious volumes carried off. The Paris liberal synagogue has been raided. A large exhibition of paintings has been opened in Paris under the title “Autumn Salon” to which works of Jewish artists are not admitted.