France Proclaims Memorial Day for Victims Deported by Nazis
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France Proclaims Memorial Day for Victims Deported by Nazis

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The French Government today proclaimed this day “national day in remembrance of the victims of deportation,” in memory of the Jews and other French citizens deported to their deaths by the Nazis during the occupation of the country.

Andre Marie, Minister of Education and himself a former inmate of the Buchenwald concentration camp, has instructed all school teachers in the primary and secondary schools to explain to their pupils the significance of the word “deportation.”

Meanwhile, a committee composed of French officials, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic clergymen and veterans groups has been organized in the Department of the Seine–the district which includes Paris–to erect a monument to Frenchmen deported to their death by the Nazis. Among the members of the committee are Msgr. Feltin, Archbishop of Paris; Pastor Robert Pont, of the Reformed Church; and Grand Rabbi Jacob Kaplan.

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