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Historical Interlude: Eavesdropping on Hell.

 Axis covert intelligence agents, located in Spanish-controlled
   Tangier, reported that the Jews, along with communists, and Allied
  national internees in the newly liberated regions of French North
Africa, had been
  freed from the numerous concentration and labor camps established by
  Vichy. Jews held in French detention camps in North Africa numbered
about 15,000 out of a population of 295,000.
The Axis agents also reported that the prohibitions against Jews in
governmental service and the schools had been lifted though removal of
these sanctions occurred only months after the Allies had liberated
French North Africa. The new regime under Admiral Jean Darlan and
General Henri Giraud declined to abrogate the Statutes des Juifs
immediately after liberation, claiming that to remove the laws would
incite the Arab
  population.
However, Moslems as a group steadfastly and consistently had
  refused to participate in Vichy's anti-Jewish program. In fact
many of the Moslem elite openly had supported the Jews. * 

* Robert Hanyok, Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945, 2nd ed. (Fort Meade, MD: Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency, 2005).

from A Selected History of Her Heart

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