70th Anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of Jews in France – An Extremely Difficult Read
The chilling archives of the biggest World War II deportation of French Jews are on display for public view for the first time. It coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup by Paris police of some 13,000 Jews over two days who were then sent to Auschwitz death camp, July 16 and 17, 1942. The records are being exhibited in the Paris Jewish district’s city hall.
An explanation of the roundup from Wikipedia follows:
The Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup (French: Rafle du Vélodrome d’Hiver, commonly called the Rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv: “Vel’ d’Hiv Police Roundup / Raid”), was a Nazi decreed raid and mass arrest in Paris by the French police on 16 and 17 July 1942, code named Opération Vent printanier (“Operation Spring Breeze”). The name for the event is derived from the nickname of the Vélodrome d’Hiver (“Winter Velodrome”), a bicycle velodrome and stadium where many of the victims were temporarily confined. The roundup was one of several aimed at reducing the Jewish population in occupied France. According to records of the Préfecture de Police, 13,152 victims were arrested and held at the Vélodrome d’Hiver and the Drancy internment camp nearby, then shipped by railway transports to Auschwitz for extermination. French President Jacques Chirac apologized in 1995 for the complicit role that French policemen and civil servants served in the raid.
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