Religion: Sacrificium Abramae

The Nazis in France sought relief from Second Front nerves in new persecutions of Jews. Thousands were rounded up in Paris and tight-packed into the Vélodrome d'Hiver, where Parisian crowds used to cheer favorite bicycle racers. Not only Jewish refugees from Central Europe, but French Jews, too, were marked for deportation to work in slave battalions. An order was issued directing the sterilization of Jewish children seized in Paris.

So strong was the stench of this new wave of sadism that it reached the nostrils of the Vatican, whose late Pope Pius XI had...