Trial of Ex-official of Vichyite “commissariat on Jewish Questions” Opens in France

Trial began in Bordeaux today of Georges Dehan, indicted for having served during the Nazi occupation as an official of the French Commisariat on Jewish Questions, at Vichy, and also for having worked as a Gestapo agent.

The prosecution charges that he denounced to the Gestapo a total of 400 Jews and also members of the French underground resistance, many of whom died under torture, while others were deported to extermination camps in Poland. One of the prosecution witnesses due to be heard is Prof. M. Braunshweig, whose mother, sister and brother were deported on Dehan’s order.

Rabbi a. Efrati, delegate of the Israel Chief Rabbinate to Poland who has been in Warsaw for some time supervising the production of kosher canned meat for export to the Jewish state, arrived here today en route home for a visit.

Rabbi Efrati conferred with French Chief Rabbi Isaie Schwartz and suggested to him that the remains of Jewish victims of the Nazis now reposing in France be transferred to Israel for reburial. Rabbi Schwartz promised to support Rabbi Efrati’s efforts in this direction.

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