France remembers wartime atrocities

A new memorial for Jews sent to an internment camp during the Holocaust by the Nazi-collaborating French Vichy regime was inaugurated Sept. 21 by the French government.

The best-known camp was Drancy, north of Paris, in which nearly 65,000 Jews passed on their way to Holocaust death camps outside of France. Only 2,000 survived. French President Francois Hollande said he hopes what happened at Drancy would lead to “vigilance” today, the Associated Press reported.

France first openly addressed its government’s role in the Holocaust under then–President Jacques Chirac in the 1990s. Since then, the French government

has erected several memorials around the country to French-Jewish Holocaust victims. — jns