Posts Tagged ‘Vel D’Hiv’

International Holocaust Remembrance Day passes mostly unnoticed in the United States. But would Americans maybe take a greater interest if they knew Hitler had been devising a “Final Solution” for North America, too? At least that’s what a book recently acquired by the Library and Archives of Canada suggests. Taken from Hitler’s own bookshelf, “Statistik, […]


Today is Holocaust Martyrs Remembrance Day, and I wanted to post something to mark the occasion. I’ve written before about being moved by the memorial plaques that dot Paris’ streets … about the brilliant individuals—like Hélène Berr—whose lives were senselessly snuffed out … about mass actions against the innocent. But today I’m not going to […]


Every time I visit Paris, I’m struck anew by the memorials to the deported. Some are simple plaques that honor an individual sacrifice. Other memorials mourn a school’s murdered children. A few—like the Vel’d’Hiv monument, and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation—commemorate the Holocaust’s massive inhumanity. The numbers are incomprehensible: By the time the […]


Today is the anniversary of the “Vel’ D’Hiv” roundup. On June 16 1942, more than 12,000 Parisian Jews were arrested, herded into buses, and taken away. About 7,000 of these innocent people ended up at the Vélodrome D’Hiver, where they spent five days without sanitation, and with almost no food or water. Then, they were […]