Apr. 29, 2017
How the King of Morocco Saved the Jews – Julie Masis (Times of Israel)
During World War II, although Morocco was a French protectorate and France’s Vichy regime was complicit in the murder of French Jews, not a single Jew living in Morocco was sent to a concentration camp.
King Mohammed V of Morocco allegedly told the Nazis, “There are no Jewish citizens, there are no Muslims citizens, they are all Moroccans.”
Vichy officials attempted at one point to make an inventory of property held by Jews, but Mohammed V promised to slow down the census, said Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who wrote a book about the Holocaust in Arab countries.
As a result, Jewish property in Morocco was not confiscated, unlike Jewish property in neighboring Algeria.