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Jews Dying in Nazi Concentration Camp in France; Frenchmen Attempting to Aid Victims

Scores of Jews are dying in the Nazi concentration camp established at the Velodrome D’Hiver near Paris to hold the more than 20,000 Jews arrested in the Gestapo round-ups in the occupied zone during the last two weeks of July, according to reliable information reaching here today. The Jewish prisoners are reported to be suffering acutely from lack of food and medical attention.

The French people who are incensed at the Nazi terror against the Jews, which one report described as “equalling anything perpetrated upon the Jews of Germany,” are attempting to hide Jewish families not yet apprehended by the occupation authorities and are trying to smuggle food into the Velodrome, the advices received here reveal. Tension in Paris is mounting daily, these reports disclose.

The Parisians are particularly apprehensive over the arrival of more than 100,000 Germans evacuated from cities blasted by the RAF, fearing that this will worsen the already had food situation. Many of these evacuees are being housed in dwellings formerly occupied by Jews who have been arrested.