Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld said he’s discovered the original document that shows French military hero Marshal Philippe Pétain played a key role in the restrictions his country put on Jews during World War II.
‘The discovery of this plan is fundamental,” Klarsfeld told Agence France-Presse. “This document establishes Pétain’s decisive role in drawing up this position in the most aggressive way, revealing (Pétain’s) deep anti-Semitism.”
Pétain, a military hero in World War I, became head of the state based at Vichy in central France which collaborated with the German Nazi occupiers following the French defeat in June 1940.
The pencilled-in changes to the document, from October 1940, are a “profound alteration” of the document’s nature, Klarsfeld said.