Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac: "They all died at Auschwitz..." Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: Auschwitz,Barbie,Drancy,Gur,France Archive/File: camps/auschwitz drancy camps/drancy france.001 camps/gur france.001 people/b/barbie.klaus france.001 Last-Modified: 1993/10/28 After Hitler's rise to power, many German Jews left Germany for the safety of France, and obtained citizenship there. After the fall of France, the Nazis cancelled the French citizenship; Vichy complied with the order. From that point, the Jews of France were at the mercy of the Nazis, and the result was predictable: "Detention camps for French Jews were quickly set up, the largest in Drancy, near Paris. From there 98,000 people were deported to Auschwitz, of whom only 3,000 lived to be liberated at the end of the war. These were mainly saved because of insufficient transportation facilities. The sports stadium, Velodrome d'Hiver, was pressed into service for a week to hold 9,000 Jews, including 4,000 children, before they were sent on to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Thirty adults, but no childreen, survived. Another detention camp bore the odd name of Gur ... The cruelest actions were the raiding of children's homes. The Gestapo commander at Lyon took pride in cabling his superiors in Germany in April 1944: `Early this morning the children's home at Aisier-Anne was emptied. A total number of 41 children, aged 3-13 was siezed.' They all died at Auschwitz.<18> All told, about 80,000 French Jews perished there.*"(Sachar) * Klaus Barbie, known as the "Butcher of Lyon", who escaped to Bolivia after the war, was extradited to France in March 1983 to stand trial there. Work Cited Sachar, Abram L. The Redemption of the Unwanted. New York: St. Martin's/Marek, 1983.
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