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French Court Orders Deletion of Page from Book Offensive to Rothschild

A partial victory was won here this weekend by the Rothschild family, which had sought a complete ban against a new book, “The Jews,” which, though fiction, was deemed by the family as offensive to its name. Judge Rouanet de Vigne-Lavit, who heard the complaint, filed by Barons Guy and Edmond de Rothschild and Baroness Bethsabee de Rothschild, ordered part of one page deleted from the work because a passage casts doubt on the parentage of Baron Edmond.

However, the attorneys for the Rothschilds announced they would file a new suit, seeking damages and demanding the deletion of other passages. The book, written by a well-known novelist, Roger Peyrefitte, has been selling briskly since its publication several weeks ago. Some critics have stated that the book would fan anti-Jewish sentiments, although M. Peyrefitte has declared he is not anti-Semitic.