] rested since the Vel d'Hiver round up. In
the end the children were deported. |
Hagen also participated in numerous
talks with French authorities about the Jewish problem. Following are some
reports on them that he wrote and signed. The first, dated June 18, 1942, and
the most innocuous, exempts "the wife of de Brinon, the wife of the philosopher
Bergson, the wife of the writer Jouvenel, and the wife of the writer Caulette"
[Hagen apparently thought Colette "Caulette" was a man] from
wearing the yellow star.
June 26-29. Talks between Oberg,
Knochen, Hagen, and Dannecker with Secretary General of the Police Bousquet and
his deputies: 22,000 Jews from the occupied zone will be delivered to
Dannecker, who will receive Jews from the southern zone whom the French have
July 4, 1942. German side: Knochen, Hagen,
Schmidt; French side: Bousquet, Darquier de Pellepoix, Wilhelm. Vichy agrees
that starting July 13 stateless Jews will be deported from the two zones.
July 4, 1942. Talk between Knochen, Hagen, and Bousquet. Vichy
will set up a special police force to deal with Jews, communists, and
Freemasons. Its headquarters will have its own budget. Insofar as the arrest of
Jews in the occupied zone is concerned, Laval would prefer that the Germans
handle it. French police, however, will arrest foreign Jews.
1, 1942. Talk between Knochen, Hagen, and Bousquet. Hagen notes: Bousquet
assures that the first 3,000 Jews from the southern zone will be handed over to
the Germans before August 10. Pétain and Laval would agree to the
Germans' demand for the denaturalization of Jews who became French citizens
August 3, 1942. Talk between Laval and Bousquet, and
Knochen and Hagen. Laval agrees to the principle of depriving Jews of
September 2, 1942. Hagen is present at the talk
between Laval and Oberg. He notes that Laval will do his best, but cannot
promise to deliver Jews "like goods in a Woolworth's." The two parties agree
that in the future it will be announced that deported Jews have been sent to
forced labor in Poland.
September 20, 1942. Memorandum from
Hagen on his talk the previous evening with Bousquet. The authority of the
General Commissioner for the Jewish Problem will be increased. Seven thousand
Jews have already been arrested in the non-occupied zone, and will soon be
turned over to the Germans.