Foreign News: Autocratic Action

Since Nov. 12, 1942, some 140 American diplomats, newspapermen and relief workers formerly accredited to Marshal Pétain's Vichy Government have been interned at Lourdes, waiting for negotiations for their exchange to be completed. This week the State Department was advised that Germany had thrown a cordon of 55 troops around the group, was preparing to evacuate them all to Germany. Exchange negotiations were being taken over by the Reich "for its own purposes." Angrily the State Department protested this "autocratic action." Last message from the group, received two months ago, said they were bored, anxious, otherwise well.


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