September 16, 1942

U.S. Says Act “Fiendish”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of State Cordell Hull yesterday condemned a reported agreement between Vichy France and the Nazi regime to deport at least ten thousand Jews from the unoccupied zone. Hull described the mass-deportation agreement as “revolting and fiendish.” The United States and the Roosevelt administration have maintained diplomatic relations with Vichy France, and Secretary Hull summoned the Vichy ambassador to deliver the American condemnation in person. In the conversation with Ambassador Gaston Henry-Haye, Hull delivered unqualified condemnation of the deportation of Jews from France. He also told the ambassador the United States would regard the planned transfer of French laborers to Germany as aiding an enemy of the United Stated and a violation of France’s obligations under international law.

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