16 July 1942

The operation against the Jews has now been started since this morning at 4am.

It is slowed down because of many special cases:
   Many men left their homes yesterday;
   Some women stayed with a very young infant or with several [infants].
   Others refused to open the door and there is the need to call a locksmith.
   In the 20th and 11th districts, there are several thousands of Jews, the process is very slow.
   At 7.30 am the P.M. [could mean Municipal Police] advises that 10 buses have arrived at the Vel d’Hiv.

 (Added at end: at 9 am 4044 arrests)