LONDON (Aug. 9)
One thousand Jewish refugees were deported to Poland this week-end from the concentration camps at Marseille, Pau and Perpignan in unoccupied France as a result of the agreement reached between Premier Laval and Otto Abetz, Hitler’s representative in Paris, a Fighting French spokesman stated today. These and previous deportations have caused a wave of suicides in the concentration camps in both the free and occupied zones, he declared.
The Nazi-controlled French newspapers denounce growing pro-Jewish demonstrations throughout France, it was learned today. An eyewitness account reaching London through underground channels also describes how French women allow Jews to take first place on lines before food shops and how Frenchmen are deliberately riding in Paris subway cars which are prominently marked: “For Jews.” Even French officials are reported to be aiding Jews on all possible occasions. Sympathy for the Jews has been intensified by the sight of manacled Jews being marched through the streets of Paris en route to railroad stations from which they are deported.
The French people were told today by a Fighting French speaker broadcasting over the B.B.C. that “France itself is not responsible for the terrible persecution of the Jews, but is a victim of injuries caused to her honor and traditions by the enemy through its intermediary – Vichy.” “France,” the official organ of the Fighting French, today carries an article stating that “the whole of France is indignant and protests such barbarity inflicted upon her sons. Our generous nation cannot be impressed by the heavy stupid racial theories which caused laughter among anthropologists.”