LONDON (Apr. 12)
A desperate appeal to the United Nations from Jews in France, beseeching the Allies-on the eve of the Bermuda Conference on refugees-to take urgent action to save the Jewish population in the country, which, the appeal says, has been reduced to one-tenth of the pre-war figure, reached here today.
Emphasizing that the liquidation of French Jewry is proceeding in all parts of the country-with no distinction being made between native and foreign Jews the appeal begs the democratic nations “not to confine themselves to words, but to undertake immediate action to save those who can still be rescued.”
The appeal indicates that the deportation of Jews to Nazi-held Eastern Europe continues unabated. Entire families, including men, women and children, make up the transports which leave at fixed intervals from the notorious Drancy internment camp for Poland. The Drancy camp as well as others in various parts of France are constantly overcrowded. As one contingent of Jewish deportees departs other thousands are brought in to await their turn to be jammed into unsanitary, poorly ventilated cattle cars for the trip eastward. Many of the deportees die before reaching their destinations, the report states.