French SIG #France (France) French National Rail to Build Holocaust Museum at Former Pithiviers Station #france

Jan Meisels Allen

The French National Rail company (SNCF) allotted $2.3 million to build a
Holocaust memorial at the Pithiviers train station in eastern France. The
Pithiviers station has remained abandoned for years and therefore has not
been changed since it was the gathering and dispatch point for Jews sent to
be murdered in Eastern Europe.

In May 1941 the Pithiviers station saw the arrival of more than 3,500 Jews
without French citizenship. These Jewish refugees were ordered to report to
the police stations in Paris following the Nazi invasion of France that
month. The Jews were mainly >from Poland and Czechoslovakia.

With the logistical help of SNCF some 16,000 Jews were sent to be murdered
in death camps >from Pithiviers station and the neighboring camp of
Beaune-la-Rolande in eight transports between 1941 and 1943, mostly sending
the prisoners to Auschwitz. The camp was closed in 1943 by the then
commander of the Drancy concentration camp.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities will partner in
designing the museum.
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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