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Archbishop Who Defended Jews Advised by Vichy to Leave France; Called “undesirable”

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The official Vichy radio today indicated that Archbishop Saliege of Toulouse was no longer considered “persona grata” in unoccupied France because of his denunciation of the deportation of Jews. Mgr. Saliege was “advised” over the Vichy radio to leave the country.

At the same time Swiss newspapers today carry dispatches from Paris stating that Mgr. Chaptal, Bishop of Paris, has donned a yellow Mogen David in protest against the anti-Jewish persecutions in occupied and unoccupied France. His defiance of both the Nazi occupational authorities in Paris and the Laval government in Vichy is being emulated by many other Catholic church leaders and by nuns “creating a powerful impression on the people,” the reports state.

The Nazi-controlled French press in Paris today published articles accusing the United States Embassy in Vichy of being “the source of the movement” which is stimulating sympathy for the Jews among Frenchmen. Simultaneously, the Paris press reports that arrests of Frenchmen are still taking place in Nice, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Narbonne, Montpellier and Villefrance for pro-Jewish demonstrations.

Information reaching here today from unoccupied France reveals that on the night of September 2, French police raided the home for Jewish refugee children maintained by the OSE, Jewish health society, at Chateau Montintin, near Limoges, and seized a number of adolescent children. The following night, the police again raided the premises, seizing smaller children, including a two-year old infant. Both groups of children were deported to an unknown destination.

The Swiss radio reported today that more than 150 refugees from France crossed into Switzerland last night, illegally. They have all been arrested and the police authorities will decide which of them will be permitted to remain in Switzerland and which will be deported back to France.

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