French Holocaust: Vél d'Hiv Roundup, the Last Witnesses . FRANCE 24 English #france #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


“Over two days in the summer of 1942, French police carried out Western Europe’s largest wartime roundup of Jews, acting on orders from occupying German forces and their French allies in the Vichy Regime.


On July 16 and 17 of that year, a total of 12,884 Jews – men, women and children – were snatched from their homes in Paris and in neighboring suburbs. Some were taken directly to an internment camp in Drancy, northeast of the capital. The rest were crammed into the Vélodrome d’Hiver, a stadium located on the banks of the Seine in the 15th arrondissement (district) of Paris, which would give its name to this sinister chapter in French history.


To mark the 80th anniversary of this tragic event, FRANCE 24 has gathered the eyewitness accounts of witnesses of the Vél d’Hiv roundup, all of them children at the time. They recall the shock and horror of those days, and the extraordinary circumstances that allowed them to avoid deportation to Nazi death camps.”


When the video is in French there are English subtitles.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Frank Szmulowicz


In process of reading 'Sarah's Key: From Paris to Auschwitz'   based on this very event.  Recommend this book.

Noreen Thorne (UK)
Szczespanski, Morzowska   Lwow, Poland.