Thursday, April 20, 2017
Le Pen Tries to Soft-Pedal France's Role in Slaughtering Jews in WWII
She’s not denying the Holocaust, just obscuring the role of French collaborators. Marine Le Pen needs a history lesson, and she just might get it at the polls.
Source/Credit: The Daily Beast
By Erin Zaleski | April 11, 2017
PARIS — The names of the murdered children are not listed on the black memorial plaque mounted on the wall of a public school in the picturesque 17th Arrondissement of Paris. Indeed, the only information given about the 80 young inhabitants of this neighborhood is that they were Jewish students who were rounded up between 1942 and 1944 at the height of the Second World War and shipped off to Nazi death camps.
Similar plaques can be found in other Parisian neighborhoods, including in the city’s traditionally Jewish Marais district, where, facing a small public garden, a larger plaque lists the names of dozens more tiny victims, les tout-petits, who were not yet old enough to attend school when they were sent to their deaths. Suzanne Garnek was four years old when she was sent away. Jean Stolowicz hadn’t even turned one yet.
Many of these children were victims of what is known in French history as “operation Vel’ d’Hiv,” also known as “operation Spring Breeze”—a deceptively innocuous name given the horror that took place.
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