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All Able-bodied Jews of Tunis Ordered by Nazis to Construct Fortifications

The entire able-bodied Jewish population in the city of Tunis has been ordered by the Nazi military authorities in Tunisia to forced labor constructing German fortifications in the city, it was reported here today.

The Nazi-controlled Vichy radio today announced that January 12 is the last day that Jews in France can have their ration cards stamped with the Letter “J.” signifying that the holders of the cards are Jews. The broadcast warned that any Jew who does not have his card stamped by that date will be charged with attempting to hide his “racial identity” and will be severely punished.

Another announcement over the Vichy radio appealed to the youth of France to join the Union for the Defense of the Race established by the anti-Semitic leader Darquier de Pellepoix, who is the Commissioner for Jewish Affairs. The announcement described the new organization as “a non-political association for intellectual activities.”