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French-jewish Groups Act to Assist Refugees Entering Country Without Visas

Measures to afford legal protection to refugee Jews entering France without visas are being discussed by Jewish organizations here in view of the increasingly large number of cases in which refugees have been jailed or fined for entering the country illegally.

On one day last week 140 such cases were heard in Paris courts. Of the seven defendants who appeared, four were sentenced to four months imprisonment and 20,000-franc fines, while the others were fined 1,800 francs each. The 133 who did not appear were given eight months imprisonment and 40,000-franc fines.

The Central Consistory of French Jewry has received from the Polish Government a box containing ashes taken from the Oswiecim crematoriums. The ashes will be placed in sealed metal tubes, and distributed to Jewish communities throughout France which will place them in memorials to be erected to the Jewish victims of the Nazis.