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Nazis in France Speed “aryanization” of Jewish Firms; 4,500 Transferred

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The Nazi authorities in occupied France are speeding measures for “Aryanization” of Jewish-owned enterprises, according to the newspaper La Petite Gironde of Bordeaux.

Eleven thousand business enterprises in the Paris region have been registered as Jewish. The authorities have already appointed 4,500 commissioners for “Aryanization.” The “Aryanized” Jewish enterprises are marked with red signs, “Former Jewish Enterprise, Now Aryan” instead of the former yellow “Jewish Enterprise” signs.

“The occupation authorities aim at definite exclusion of the Jews from French economic life,” War Councillor Dr. Blankel stated at a press conference in Paris, adding that he hoped the French population would cooperate.

A special office for nominating “Aryanization” commissaries has been set up in Paris. Each commissary must be approved by the occupation authorities. The commissaries are appointed even for firms in which Jewish participation is less than 30 per cent since total elimination of Jews is sought.

Dr. Blankel concluded with the statement that the situation of foreign Jews would be less favorable than that of French nationals.

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