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  • U.S., European Jewish leaders claim truce

    PARIS, Jan. 11 (JTA) — The newly elected leader of European Jewry has mended fences with the New York-based World Jewish Congress. At issue was how French Jewish leader Henri Hajdenberg — who was elected Sunday in Brussels to serve as president of the European Jewish Congress — regards European Jewry’s place when it comes…

  • Convicted Vichy French official flees into exile just before appeal

    PARIS, Oct. 20 (JTA) – A French Nazi collaborator appears to be unwilling to spend one night in jail – even if that jeopardizes his appeal before France’s highest court. Maurice Papon, found guilty last year by a Bordeaux court of involvement in deporting Jews and sentenced to 10 years in prison for crimes against…

  • Convicted Vichy French official goes missing before appeals case

    PARIS, Oct 19 (JTA) – A French Nazi collaborator appears to be unwilling to spend one night in jail – even if that jeopardizes his appeal before France’s highest court. More than a week after Maurice Papon disappeared from his home near here, speculation was rife over whether he would show up for his appeal…

  • French premier vows to step up restitution of Nazi-looted property

    PARIS, Nov. 30 (JTA) – France will create a new body to examine restitution claims by the heirs of Jews whose property was looted during the Nazi occupation of the country. “We know that no reparation will ever be sufficient because what was committed is irreparable. At the same time, it is fair that those…

  • French court lightens sentence against LePen

    PARIS, Nov 23 (JTA) – A French appeals court has reduced a ban preventing National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen from holding public office to one year. But the combative extreme-right politician said he would try to have the ruling overturned by the country’s Supreme Court. An appeal to the high court means that Le…

  • Paris denies role in Vichy looting of Jewish property

    PARIS, Nov 23 (JTA) – The city of Paris has apparently quieted a two-year controversy regarding the looting of Jewish-owned real estate during the Nazi occupation of France. Presenting its report after 18 months of research, a commission of experts told a news conference at the Paris city hall that none of the buildings or…

  • Papon defends wartime role, rebuts historian’s statements

    PARIS, Nov. 5 (JTA) – The crimes-against-humanity trial of former French Cabinet minister Maurice Papon has taken up the broader issue of the Vichy government’s role during the Holocaust. In testimony Monday during the fifth week of his trial, Papon said the legislation enacted by the Vichy regime against Jews “shocked me politically, intellectually and…

  • Papon’s claim that he helped Jews outrages families of Vichy victims

    PARIS, Oct. 21 (JTA) – The families of Jews deported from Bordeaux during the Nazi occupation of France were angry and stupefied after accused wartime collaborator Maurice Papon told a court that he had spent the war years helping Jews. “I spent the occupation fighting for Jews and for others. Since then, I have mourned…

  • Plaintiffs outraged as Papon sleeps in chateau during trial

    PARIS, Oct. 12 (JTA) – In a controversial decision that infuriated the families of Holocaust victims, a French court has decided to free Maurice Papon during his trial for crimes against humanity. “This decision is an insult to the memory of the victims, to the grief of the civil plaintiffs and to the French people…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS French church’s apology sparks controversy over imperfections

    PARIS, Oct. 7 (JTA) – The French Roman Catholic Church’s “statement of repentance” for its silence during the persecution of Jews in Nazi-occupied France has been applauded by most Jewish leaders, but some aspects of it have been called into question by Jews and non-Jews alike. The Sept. 30 apology, declared on the eve of…