Le secrétariat d’Etat à l’Aviation et la politique d’exclusion des Juifs, par Claude d’Abzac-Epezy
The state office of Air Force and the exclusion policy concerning Jews, by Claude d'Abzac-Epezy
Under the command of general Bergeret, the Air Force office intends to prove overzealously how the antijewish laws can be enforced. At the time of the interdepartemental meeting prior to the law of June 1941, it is the only departement to ask for and obtain a more restrictive revision of the text. Very minute inquests enable the departement to check that no civil servant or military man managed to escape the law. There are various reasons to this attitude: this departement which is very anxious about its efficiency, is essential for the government, and cares to gain the favour of the German services on which the civilian as well as the military aviation district depend, it can also be pointed out that this district endeavours to dismiss the politics of nationalization of the Popular Front to which personalities of Jewish origin were associated. This article presents results backed up by figures of these politics of exclusion in the Air Force Office, and moves on tothe very specific problem of the aviation industries among which the exclusion of Jews was enforced in a discretionary way.