London (Nov. 2)
The Jews in Algiers were pleasantly surprised yesterday when Gen. Henri Giraud and Gen. Charles de Gaulle appeared at one of the Jewish cemeteries to pay honor to Jewish soldiers and officers who died in the last war fighting for France. They were escorted by Rabbi Maurice Eisenbeth who officiated.
It was learned here today that Bernard Melamed, former secretary of the Eias-Ica Emigration Association in Paris, has been appointed by the French Committee for National Liberation in Algiers to the post of Director of the Office of Pensions, which is one of the high executive offices. Mr. Melamed left France immediately after the fall of Paris and joined the forces of Gen. de Gaulle. He is a veteran of world war I.
The London press reports that the British-American commission for the release of political prisoners in North Africa has asked Gen. Eisenhower for permission to dissolve since it feels that its mission is completed. When the Allies landed in North Africa a year ago, there were about 8,000 political prisoners in French labor camps, many of them Jewish refugees. Today there are less than 100. Most of the released prisoners chase either to enlist in the pioneer corps or to work with the American Army as civilian laborers at depots and on the docks. Hundreds of them have been released on the basis of work contracts with the U.S. Army.