Paris – The French toddler was the youngest of about 13,000 people rounded up in the infamous Vel d’Hiv incident and sent by rail to the concentration camp.Join our WhatsApp group
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The details are recorded on papers being disclosed by French police to mark the 70th anniversary of the tragedy this month. Another Vel d’Hiv file has an officer stating: ‘Many refused to open [their doors]’, adding: ‘We must make use of a locksmith.’
The facts about French involvement in the Holocaust have been released as France comes to terms with what it called its ‘black hours’.
Catherine Vieu-Charier, organiser of the Paris exhibition displaying the papers, said there was a ‘long period of silence’ around the atrocity but French involvement in the Holocaust was being acknowledged.
The Vel d’Hiv round-up took place at a velodrome in Paris on July 16 and 17, 1942.
A total of 5,802 women, 4,115 children and 3,118 men were herded into the building before being sent to Germany.