Re: Deportation lists from France... #france


Eve Line Blum <eve.line.blum@...>
 

At 12:46 -0700 10/09/2002, Rosanne D. Leeson wrote (about deportation lists)

The list was compiled by Daniel Carouge >from official French government
lists that have been published on the Internet at

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/html/accueil.htm.

This information needs some complement :

1) Daniel Carouge was completely right to publish these lists which
remain almost unknown even here, in France.

2) Nevertheless, unfortunately he could publish only the computerized
part of these lists, i.e. >from 1990. There were still more >from 1987,
but only a "paper version".

3) Everyone must be aware that the French "Ministere des Anciens
Combattants" (Veterans Ministry) published a special law, in 1985,
saying that every death certificate for deportees had to contain the
mention "mort en deportation" (died in deportation), and that the
death is supposed to have occurred five days after the departure >from
France. The employees of that Ministry had to correct each
certificate, one by one.

Seventeen years later, that work is not completely done !!! That's
why the lists published by the friendly Daniel Carouge are not
complete. For example, my own father (deported in May 1944) isn't
still listed in it. Different persons tried to obtain that this work
could be quickly done, but to no avail until now.

Daniel Carouge's work lists 19 400 names : there were about 75 000
Jewish deportees and probably as many non Jewish deportees...

Moreover, since the death of deportees was falsely written
(immediately after WWII) as "died in Drancy, France", the Ministry
had to rectify all the death certificate. That work was done as badly
as possible and quite a lot of certificate are still wrong. For
example, my mother's date of death is wrong.

This is why you mustn't be surprised if you don't find the person you
are looking for, or if the date doesn't correspond to the one you may
have already obtained.
Eve Line Blum-Cherchevsky
Besancon (France)
and also
Cercle de Genealogie Juive (International JGS in Paris)
http://www.genealoj.org

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