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July 17, 2012 8:32 pm

France Displays Records of Mass Jewish Deportation

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Vel' d'Hiv Roundup memorial. Photo: Leonieke Aalders.

French police are opening archives to reveal records on the country’s biggest mass deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.

At the time, the French Vichy regime was collaborating with Nazi Germany. With the French government’s approval, more than 13,000 Jews were dragged from their homes, confined in a Paris stadium with almost no food or water, and then deported to Auschwitz. The roundup took two days.

The records are displayed at the Paris Jewish district’s city hall in honor of the 70th anniversary of the roundup on July 16, 1942. The documents include a daily tally of people detained, broken down by man, woman and child.  Handwritten lists show possessions confiscated by the government.

“This is our history, it’s vital for the country to know,” said curator Olivier Accarie. “Today, we are ready to confront this.”

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