VICHY (Sep. 25)
An anti-Semitic exhibition. “Jews and France,” opened in Paris today with a view of showing harmful influences that Jews have allegedly had upon French life. After the Paris showing is completed the exhibit will go on tour in unoccupied France and in the French North African colonies.
A poem “Jews Get Out” written by the late Edouard Drumont, father of anti-Semitism in France, was read at ceremonies opening the exhibition by the famous French actor Jaques Feraudy. A lecture on “Drumont and His Life’s Work” was delivered by Jean Drault, his close friend and collaborator. Drumont’s widow, as well as the Paris perfect of Police and Xavier Vallat, Vichy’s Commissioner for Jewish Affairs, were among the large audience present at the lecture in the exhibition hall. The lecturer concluded his talk by suggesting that the name of Rue Lafitte, where the offices of the Rothschild bank are located, should be changed to Rue Drumont.
Previous to Drault’s address at the exhibition a commemorative plaque to Drumont was unveiled in the Paris building where Drumont resided before a great audience. The plaque bears the inscription: “Drumont foresaw the disease from which France nearly died.”