16 July 2012

Operation Vent Printainier...Vel D'Hiv...

Early on 16 July 1942...

'The operation that became known as the round-up of the Vél d'Hiv began at 4am on Thursday July 16, 1942.
Some 4,500 French policemen took part. The 12,884 victims - including 4,051 children - were held briefly in schools and police stations throughout Paris, then herded into municipal buses and driven away.
Some 7,000 of them, foreign, stateless and French Jews, men women and children, spent five days in the Vélodrome d'Hiver, the winter cycling stadium, on rue Nélaton in the capital's 15th arrondissement, without food and with one water tap between them...'

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They should never be forgotten...

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