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Jews Deported from France to Corsica; Vichy Cabinet Split on Deportation Policy

The deportation of 3,500 Jews from Lyon to Corsica was reported today over the Rome radio, while reports from Vichy revealed that there is a split in the French Cabinet over the continued deportation of Jews from unoccupied France to German-occupied territory.

The Vichy report stated that Joseph Barthelemy, French Minister of Justice, and Lucien Romier, Minister without portfolio, have offered their resignations in protest against the unceasing mass-deportation of Jews from France.

Several thousand Hungarian and Rumanian Jews who were arrested last week in Paris, were deported during the weekend to an “unknown destination” after being held for several days in an internment camp at Nancy, it was announced today by the Nazi authorities in France. The announcement said that the deportees were permitted to take with them food for two days and “some clothing.”

Acting under Gestapo orders, the French police began to arrest for deportation baptized Jews who have belonged to the Christian Church since their birth, as well as Jewish husbands of “Aryan” wives. At the same time the Paris radio warned Catholic and Protestant church leaders in France that they had better “alter their mind before they engage in struggle, lost in advance, with the powers of the European Revolution.” The Vichy radio today continued its attacks on Archbishop Gerlier for his persistent campaign against the deportations.

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