Jewish groups defend Nazi's grandchild

30th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - France's main Jewish organisation issued a protest Thursday after the granddaughter of convicted war criminal Maurice Papon lost her job at the ministry of veterans' affairs on the grounds that her presence there was a "provocation".

PARIS, Sept 29 (AFP) - France's main Jewish organisation issued a protest Thursday after the granddaughter of convicted war criminal Maurice Papon lost her job at the ministry of veterans' affairs on the grounds that her presence there was a "provocation".

"We deplore the way that the granddaughter of Maurice Papon has been treated merely because she is related to him. The guilt of a man does not pass to his heirs," said the Representative Council for Jewish Institutions in France.

The woman -- a career civil servant whose name has not been made public -- was recently asked to leave the ministry after complaints from veterans' organisations. She was transferred to another government office.

Papon, who is 95, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1998 for helping organise the deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps in World War II. He was released in 2002 on health grounds.

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Subject: French news

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