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150 Refugees in France Reported Killed Resisting Extradition

April 21, 1941
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The American Committee to Save Refugees reports receipt of a cable from the Free German League of Culture in Great Britain advising that 150 German and other refugees from Hitlerism were killed in Le Vernet concentration camp because they protested against the Vichy Government’s decision to extradite some of them to Germany and force others to labor on the Trans-Sahara railway.

“According reliable information,” the cable said, “extradition of German, Austrian, Sudeten political refugees to Germany decided by Vichy, also transportation of others to North Africa for forced labor on Trans-Saharan railway. One hundred fifty protesting refugees in Vernet alleged shot. Please act. Urgent.”

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