Tuesday, September 25, 2012

France Inaugurates Memorial to Jews Placed in Drancy Internment Camp

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

This summer I posted about the opening of the French Police records,  an exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the roundup of the Parisian Jews known as the "Vel d'Hiv", named for the Velodrome d'Hiver before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to Auschwitz.

This week,  France inaugurated a memorial to the tens of thousands of Jews that were sent to Drancy--almost 65,000--en route to the death camps from 1941-1944.  The French government only acknowledged the role of the government starting with former President Jacques Chirac in the mid 1990's.
Current French  President Hollande inaugurated  the memorial on September 21.

EuroNews has a one minute video on the inauguration which may be viewed by going to:
 http://tinyurl.com/cmdeszq
original url:
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/21/hollande-opens-jewish-memorial-centre-in-drancy/

To read more go to:  http://wapo.st/POYWb4
original url:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-honors-thousands-of-jews-placed-in-drancy-internment-camp-nearly-all-died-in-holocaust/2012/09/21/c0db57d8-03dd-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html

Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press, for advising us of this story.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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