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Swiss Government Raises Wages Paid to Interned Refugees

December 29, 1941
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Political and religious refugees interned in eight Swiss labor camps, among which are many Jews, today were each in possession of a copy of the Old Testament psalms, a bar of soap and a necktie, Christmas presents from the Swiss Federal authorities.

Approximately 800 internees enjoyed celebrations during which they learned that their wages were to be increased from one frane to one and a half francs daily. Many internees received leaves of absence to continue their studies at Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. At Vouvry, Otto Zaugg, head of the camps, told the internees that they were doing useful work in Switzerland’s agricultural production battle, and announced a three-year plan for further land reclamation and farming.

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