100 German and Austrian Jews Still Held in French Camps As Enemy Nationals

About 100 German and Austrian Jews are confined in the concentration camps of Drancy and Noissy le Soo as enemy nationals, but efforts are being made to secure their release, it was learned today. Andre Blumel, an official of the Ministry of the Interieur has ordered that investigation of their cases be expedited in order that those who are innocent of any dealings with the Germans may be freed as soon as possible.

The Representative Council of the Jews of France, the central Jewish body, has adopted a resolution supporting the political program of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. The Council backed the Agency’s demand for the opening of Palestine to Jewish immigration and abolition of the White Paper. At the same time, it recommended that steps be taken to secure cooperation with the Arabs. The resolution was supported by practically all groups including the Communists. Only the Jewish Socialist Bund voted against it.

There are now four Jewish publications regularly appearing in Paris. The largest is the “Neue Presse,” semi-weekly Communist newspaper which has a circulation of more than 6,000. It is a single sheet, one side of which is printed in Yiddish and the other in French. The Socialist Bund paper “Unser Stimme” is also published twice a week. It consists of one sheet, both sides of which are printed in Yiddish. The only other Yiddish publication is the Zionist paper “Unser Vort,” which appears fortnightly. The Zionists also have a French-language magazine “La Terre Retrouve.”

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