Refugees in Sahara Flee from Forced Labor Camps to Freedom
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Refugees in Sahara Flee from Forced Labor Camps to Freedom

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Thousands of Jewish refugees are now fleeing from the forced labor camps in the Sahara desert to the areas in Algeria controlled by the American military administration, the information from Algiers states. As soon as the news of the landing of American troops in Algeria reached the desert, the refugees started to leave the camps where they were held by Vichy administrators and forced to do slave labor building the Trans-Sahara railway.

Many Jewish residents in North Africa were reported today to have joined the ranks of the French Army commanded by Gen. Giraud in cooperation with the American Expeditionary Forces. Jewish refugees escaping from the desert camps in Schara are also volunteering for service with Giraud’s forces.

The Rome radio today announced that Italian authorities in Corsica have allegedly discovered and anti-Italian plot “organized mainly by Jewish refugees from France.” At the same time it reported that the Italian military authorities who ocoupied a part of Southern France last week have ordered a special ourfew for Jews in the city of Nice, on the French Riviera. The order forbids Jews to leave their homes after six o’clock in the evening. They also must not be seen in the streets before seven o’clock in the morning.

A report from Switzerland received here today states that with the German military command now in control of the whole of France, it is expected that the Nazi regulations forcing Jews to wear yellow Mogen Davids will shortly be introduced in the Vichy-governed section.

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