NEW YORK (Nov. 22)
The number of refugees in Spain and Portugal has substantially increased since the Nazi occupation of the whole of France, it was reported today by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society on the basis of cabled advices received from the Lisbon office of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association.
“Several days after the occupation of southern France, the number of refugees in Spain and in Portugal increased because many families fled across the Spanish frontier in the hope of reaching safety and ultimately finding a haven overseas, “the report states. “In addition, thousands are now awaiting rescue through emigration from North Africa to where the Vichy regime deported about 25,000 refugees for slave labor or confinement in concentration camps. The camps in North Africa, including Sidi bel Abbes, Minsour, Berguent and Sidi el Hayachi par Azemmour, as well as Djelfa, Bou-Arfa and Morand par Bohari are expected to be cleared soon by the American military Administration, in accordance with an order issued by President Roosevelt.”