Photographic Lenses and Optical Instruments [in the Paris area]
CIOS Intelligence Report. XIII-5. HMSO [and] Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS). December 1944.
** Information on 17 companies involved in work on mainly photographic lenses, cameras and binoculars carried out for the Germans during the occupation. A companion report to the earlier and larger Physical & Optical Instruments Targets ..."
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Instruments and devices
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 34 pages.
Very good in original stapled card wrappers.
The full Parisian street address of each company is given and senior French personnel who had been working at the sites are named or interviewed.
Frenchmen were anxious to dissociate themselves from suspicion of undue German collaboration during the Vichy period. Some of those interviewed for the report stressed that they had hindered the Germans whenever possible.
Additionally, albeit to a lesser extent, the report also contains the occasional brief mention of the special treatment which had been afforded by the Germans during the occupation to businesses under Jewish ownership.
These human details sourced directly from precisely identifiable wartime Parisian locations and named individuals give the report particular historical significance and resonance.
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide is one a very few libraries noted as holding an example of this report.