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French Indignant at Attacks on Jewish Shops; Strasbourg Synagogue Razed

October 17, 1940
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Three Jewish stores on Vichy’s main street and a Catholic store were damaged last night when unidentified hooligans carried out new window-breaking raids. The vandals escaped. Passersby stood in front of the smashed windows today, commenting angrily on these anti-Jewish activities.

The principal synagogue of Strasbourg, a beautiful, ancient building, was destroyed by a fire of unascertained origin, it was reported here today. No effort was made by the Nazi-controlled firefighting force to stop the blaze.

Meanwhile, an anti-Masonic exhibition opened at the Petit Palais in Paris. The inaugural speech, which was broadcast by the Paris radio, was of pronouncedly anti-Jewish character.

It is learned that creation of a unified, representative body of the French Jews is contemplated in Jewish circles. The idea has met with a favorable reaction in official circles in unoccupied France.

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