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Large Scale American Jewish Relief Needed for Jews in France, Observer Reports

Large-scale American Jewish relief will be needed for the Jews in liberated France, it was predicted here today by John Sills, representative of the Jewish Welfare Board, who has returned from a ten-day visit to Paris.

Of the 25,000 Jews in Paris more than 10,000 are on the brink of starvation, Mr. Sills reported. The barbaric treatment of the Jews in France under the German occupation is beyond description, he said, Survivors, when they meet American Jewish soldiers, start crying as they relate their experiences.

Sills visited eight soup kitchens established for Jews in the poorer sections of Paris. He said that American Jewish chaplains together with Jewish soldiers are taking measures to alleviate the needs of the starving Jews wherever possible.

Almost all Jews in France are full of praise for the help given them by non-Jews during the occupation, particularly by Catholic and Protestant clergymen who hid Jews from the Germans and who provided them with food in their hide-outs, the JWB representative stated.