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Vichyites on Trial in North Africa Charged with Death of Jewish Physician

The mistreatment of interned Jews in the concentration camps established by the Vichy Government in North Africa was described here today at the opening of the trial of the administrators of Camp Djenian at Bou-Rezg.

The chief accusation against the camp director and guards is that they caused the death of a 51-year-old Jewish physician named Chauoat, former president of the League for Human Rights in Algeria. Although he was ill when he arrived at the camp, Dr. Chauoat was compelled to work on the camp farm. Witnesses testified that due to overwork and exposure in inclement weather the prisoner contracted pneumonia, but was not permitted to quit work. Eventually he contracted typhus and died at the camp on June 12, 1942.

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