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.
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.