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).
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