Gestapo Arrests President of Central Jewish Organization in France

Raoul Lambert, Jewish leader and president of the central Jewish organization of French Jews permitted to exist under the Vichy regime, was arrested by German occupation authorities in Marseille with his family, it was learned here today. Andre Baur, vice-president of the same organization, was also arrested.

More than 10,000 Jewish children are wandering through all parts of France as a result of the mass arrests and deportations of their parents. It is feared that these children will soon be rounded up by German occupation authorities and interned in a camp. Local Jewish relief groups in France are doing what they can to save the children, but without the aid of international organizations there is little likelihood that the youngsters will be saved, private advices said.

The renewed hunt for Jews in France is now being conducted by special German police brigades who formerly were used to round up Jews in Belgium and Holland. German mobile police guards are also operating in the Italian-occupied part of France. They stop passersby on the streets and whenever one cannot prove that he is of “Aryan” origin, he is deported to the Drancy concentration camp, outside Paris.

Lambert had for many years been secretary of the Alliance Israelite in Paris. He distinguished himself as an officer of the French Army in the present war and was recognized by the Vichy government as representative of the Jews in France in all Jewish communal and relief activities.

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