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Anti-semitic Incidents in France

February 22, 1979
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The showing on French television of the American NBC-TV series “Holocaust” seems to have paradoxically caused a spate of anti-Semitic incidents.

In Nancy, a Jewish family complained to the police that their neighbors’ children are persecuting and taunting their own children aged 12 and 14 “and using the exact terms used by the Nazis” in the television film. Police sources said that first investigations confirmed the charges and that the neighborhood children, instead of playing cops and robbers, now play “Nazis and Jews” seeking out real Jewish children for the role.

In another French city, Bezons, anti-Semitic leaflets were distributed. Some mysteriously reached the City Hall itself. The leaflets stated that “the Nazi occupation has been followed by a Jewish one” and calls on readers to “get rid of the Jews who have taken over France like you got rid of the Nazis.”

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