From Europe to Morocco
During the war thousands of Jews flee from Europe to Morocco to reach the United States. They cross the Mediterranean to the Moroccan harbours of Casablanca and Tanger. Some refugees have been given travel documents from Jewish organisations that enable them to travel safely through Morocco.
Jewish refugees without documents are arrested and imprisoned in camps together with other detainees. French soldiers guard the camps. The prisoners have to work for twelve hours on a stretch in the desert. They get little food and dirty water to drink. As a punishment they are beaten with sticks. Some are being tied up and thrown in a hole in the ground or in a cage with barbed wire under a hot, blistering sun. During the war Morocco has some twenty camps; Berguent, Settat and Boudenib are some of them.