The Jew in Recent Franco-Jewish Novels:
Assimilation and the Rights of Man
Nobody knows how many Jews there really are in France today. Under the German occupation of France, when all Jews were required to register with the authorities, tens of thousands of them managed to live under cover with false identification papers; the French authorities, at the time, were surprised to discover that their country, flooded with refugees from other German-occupied areas, had so many Jews. Since the war, Jews from Poland, Rumania, North Africa, Hungary, and even Soviet Russia have come to replace those who died in German extermination camps. The Jewish quarter of Paris, around the Rue des Rosiers, is now almost as pop ulous as before the war. If one adds the constantly expanding Jewish population of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia to that of metropolitan France, one still obtains, in spite of the steady emigration from North Africa to Israel, a grand total of some seven hundred and fifty thousand Jews who are French citizens, have the status of “ressortissants français” as foreign or stateless residents of France, or are citizens of the Moroccan or Tunisian protectorates. Nor does this figure include the many thousands of foreign Jews, whether tourists or residents, who are registered in France.
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