VICHY (Jul. 4)
About 3,000 persons of Russian origin, including between 1,200 and 2,000 Jews, have been arrested in police raids in the Marseille area and taken aboard ships for examination, it was learned here today.
The poet, Zalman Schneour, and his wife were held aboard a ship eight hours. Several members of the French ORT staff were among those arrested. Many members of the staff of the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association were also arrested, but the HIAS-ICA obtained urgent examination of cases of those scheduled to leave for abroad this week.
It is officially announced that examination commissions all over France are considering cases of thousands of Russians and police operations have not yet concluded. In Vichy, 180 of the 250 arrested were released when they proved their attachment to France and their integration in the national economy.
Owing to scarcity of hotel accommodations, all persons in Vichy residing in hotels and not belonging to State services or not having obtained special permits for health cures have received expulsion orders. The expulsion does not apply to residents of flats and private house.
Among the expelled are a certain number of Jews who could not provide satisfactory reasons for residing in Vichy or regular means of livelihood. Exceptions were made for well-to-do American Jews long resident in France. The authorities point out the measures do not affect Jews alone, but also “Aryans” and even members of the French aristocracy.
Meanwhile, it is reported from Paris that Jews whose capital was blocked in banks have been authorized to withdraw 15,000 francs monthly.
Jews applying for exemption from the anti-Jewish laws must nevertheless register in the census of Jews, which closes July 12, the Commissariat for Jewish Affairs announced in a communique today. Applications for exemption do not release Jews from the necessity of registering, the communique said.
Charles Maurras, in an article in his newspaper Action Francaise, expressed “regret” that many Catholic priests are condemning anti-Jewish measures in France. Publishing a letter from a correspondent denouncing the “de Gaullist preaching” of a Dominican priest who condemned anti-Jewish measures as un-Christian before a meeting of the Dominican society, Maurras declares that other priests are spreading the same opinion.
The newspaper Paris-Midi reports from Beirut that about 300 Jews were killed and 1,500 injured by Arabs and a large number of Jews’ houses burned down in Baghdad in demonstrations occasioned by the Jews’ attitude in favoring the British occupation of Iraq.