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Frenchman Who Aided Nazis with Anti-semitic Propaganda Sentenced in Absentia

February 24, 1950
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Louis Fordinand Celine an anti-Semitic French writer, has been sontenced in absentia to one year’s imprisonment and fined 50,000 francs and loss of civil rights following his conviction on charges of having aided the Nazis by his anti-Semitic propaganda. Celino is now in Denmark.

During the trial, a claim by Celine that he did not aid the Nazis because he halted his anti-Semitic writings in 1937 was proven false when the prosecution introduced material he wrote during the war. The court received an anonymous plea during the trial signed by an unknown organization which called itself the Israelite Association for Reconciliation Among Frenchmen, asking that Coline’s attacks on Jews be considered of "socondary importance."

Among the defendants at a trial of members of the Vichy Government’s anti-Jewish section, which opened at Lyons this week, is Gostapo leader Wilholm Ihring, who once hoaded the section. The Nazi claims that his presence in the Vichy office was in connection with some research concerning the Petain administration.

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