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Monday, January 28, 2013

Archives of French Jews deported to Auschwitz made public for the first time

70 years ago, Paris' police collaborated with the Nazis to deport about half of the city's Jews (the rest escaped). Now, they want people to know how that happened.
They are among France’s darkest days: Police dragged over 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between authorities and the Nazis during World War II is unknown to many in the younger generation.
Police are hoping to change that, opening up their archives on France’s biggest single deportation of French Jews for the first time to the public on Thursday.
The often chilling records are being exhibited in the Paris Jewish district’s city hall to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the two-day “Vel d’Hiv” roundup, named for the Velodrome d’Hiver, or Winter Velodrome. Many thousands were rounded up on July 16 and 17, 1942, then holed up in miserable conditions in the stadium, just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to Auschwitz.
Tallies list the daily count of men, women and children detained, alongside stark black and white photographs of deportees. A registry of those forced to wear the yellow star and a Jewish census show how police knew who to take. Meticulous handwritten lists detail personal possessions handed over to police. Others list the value of property, such as jewelry, confiscated — often forcibly — during the deportation.
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3 Comments:

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

France. Spit.

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Perfect for use in the County Clerk GIS Title database as part of the supporting historical info... if you confiscate the private property of JEWS to make a Judenrein area, then you are no better than the Nazies and their helpers in France, etc. Coveting, stealing, murdering... bring back the Torah's 10 Commandments in support of Torah Economics, not Marcuse/Che Thug New Left Marxist Economics.

PS. Shy Guy, it is *not* just France. Unfortunately.

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Sunlight said...

PS. Shy Guy, it is *not* just France. Unfortunately.

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Building up another saliva ball as I type...

 

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