Monday, July 30, 2012

French Archives On Deportation of French Jews During WWII Opened To Public for For The First Time

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The archives of the biggest World War II deportation of French Jews opened up to public view for the first time on July 18, 2012. It coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv roundup by Paris police of some 13,000 Jews over two days--July 16-17, 1942  before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to Auschwitz.death camp. The records are being shown Paris Jewish District City Hall starting July 19 and running through the end of September. The  rector of Paris wants schools colleges and high schools to visit the exhibit.

The exhibit is located in the Maire du III 2 rue Eugene Spuller open Monday -Friday 8:30-5 PM
phone number 01-53-01-75-03

The Name of exhibit: La Raffe du veldrome d'hiver  Les Archives de la Police. It is a very small exhibit, and very moving.  A 60 page brochure--only in French--has been produced but at this time I do not know if a pdf will be made available. 
Other news media have reported about this exhibit since it opened including the New York Times: 
and Haaretz in Israel: http://tinyurl.com/cn9sbge
Photographs of some of the records may be viewed at the original AP article:
http://tinyurl.com/cjz3azh
original url:
 /http://news.yahoo.com/photos/french-holocaust-records-released-to-public-slideshow/

Thank you to Randy Herschaft of the AP for alerting us to this story.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President

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