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Marguerite HERSCHER, possible orphan at Saint-Mande, France, 1943 #france #holocaust #photographs


Selma Sheridan
 

My cousin, Marguerite HERSCHER, was born 5 Aug. 1935 in Lens, France.  She fled with her family to Saint-Privat-des-Pres, and was separated from her parents and two older sisters.  After living in different places, she stayed at Saint-Mande (UGIF #64), from 14 Sept. 1943 until the round-up of 22 July 1944 and transport #77 to Auschwitz.  The well-known photo (attached) was taken Dec. 1943, and shows the 20 girls, 3 of them unidentified.  I think that girl "S" may be Marguerite HERSCHER, who would have been 8 years old.  Unidentified girls "E'' and "L'' appear to be older than 8.  All the HERSCHER family was murdered at Auschwitz.  I have no photos of them.  Would the primary school at 17, rue Mongenot, have photos of their students?  Would there be photos of Marguerite at other paces where she stayed: Poitiers, Lamarck (UGIF #28), Louveciennes (UGIF #56)?  Is there anyone still alive from Saint-Mande, or their descendants, or any archivists or volunteers, who could help me to identify girl "S"?  Many thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!

Selma SIGAL SHERIDAN
Oswego NY


David Choukroun
 

Dear Selma, 

I am living @ Saint Mandé- France -- 500m from this place were this well known pictures was taken

It looks like a classical pictures of classroom, but the yellow star on their clothes is making it tragic

This picture was used and reused in tons of books, like a symbol of their fate, but the real story of this school (and rafle) is not so common

There are a couple of references (all in French I am afraid)  like this one : https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00137041/en

There is an annual ceremony -- with the official every year -- at the same adresse (no more a school)

Let me dig into the archives of Saint Mandé -- I remember to have seen somewhere the list of those girls -- may be only the ones you are listing here

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Regards,
David CHOUKROUN

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