GENEVA (Sep. 23)
Five hundred Jewish children residing in homes maintained by the OSE, Jewish Health Society, in unoccupied France were delivered by French authorities to the Nazis for deportation to occupied territory in eastern Europe, it was reported here today.
Jewish organizations here today started collecting clothing for Jews escaping from France into Swiss territory. Many of these Jews continue to slip into Switzerland, but arrive in a most deplorable state, the majority of them with their clothing torn from long wandering on roads, hiding in caves, and crawling in woods and on mountains.
A ten-point statement outlining the policy of the Swiss federal authorities with regard to the admission of refugees from France, Holland and Belgium was submitted last night to the Swiss National Council by Edouard von Steiger, Minister of Justice. “Switzerland,” he said in his statement, “cannot allow mass-entries of refugees as this would amount to a veritable invasion. The country’s immigration laws must be rigorously enforced in order to safeguard the country’s vital interests.” A full dress debate on the Government’s statement will take place in the National Council today or tomorrow.
VICHY CONFISCATES BLUM’S SUMMER HOME; CENSORSHIP OF SERMONS DEMANDED
The Paris radio today announced that the summer home of former Premier Leon Blum, has been confiscated under the law transferring Jewish property to non-Jews. Blum’s home was located in Narbonne, unoccupied France, where pro-Jewish demonstrations recently resulted in the arrest of thousands of “Aryan” Frenchmen.
A campaign to introduce censorship of sermons delivered by Catholic and Protestant clergymen in order to prevent them from condemning the anti-Jewish policy of the French Government was initiated today throughout France by Jacques Doriot, notorious anti-Semitic leader who enjoys the backing of Hitler.
The Weltwoche, a leading Swiss liberal weekly newspaper, today carries an article explaining why the Nazis forced the anti-Jewish measures on Pierre Lavel, chief of the French Government. “The Nazis have long regarded each nation’s attitude towards the Jewish question as a touchstone of its powers of resistance,” the article states. “The Nazi leader Werner-Best, lecturing before leaders of the S.S., Hitler’s Elite units, on July 27, emphasized that’ the Jewish question is dynamite with which we blast the forts where the last liberalist snipers have their nests, since countries which abandon Jews thereby abandon their former Judaize way of living with false ideals of liberty.’”