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France remembers wartime atrocities

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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


Posted by Jack Kessler
09/28/2012  at  10:43 AM
Seventy years later?

Plaques admitting the complicity of the French state in the murder of the Jews of France started going up on schools in Paris about ten years ago, sixty years after the event.  Which just happens to also be just long enough to be sure that everyone responsible had died of old age and that no one, no one at all, would be called to account.  The French are every bit as hypocritical as the English, only more subtle.

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Posted by rocky
10/04/2012  at  12:06 PM
French movies about the Holocaust

I would recommend “A Love to Hide” and “La Rafle”. Keep a box of kleenex handy. An excellent older film on the subject is “Au Revoir Les Enfants”.

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