On Holiday, wandering through Paris with a few fans in mind (Part 5)

Squirrel (Radagast) concludes her series from her trip to Paris in July. I thank her for sharing her thoughts and pictures here.

In 4th arrondissement, at the corner of a street we came across this place. A huge square of memory where in the middle stands up a drinking water fountain.

Wallace Fountain” – 9 allée des Justes 75004 Paris

Very emotional, I am presenting briefly the buildings around it, witnesses of the dark hours of our history.

François Couperin Middle School” – 2 allée des Justes 75004 Paris

The title “Ecole de Garçons” is carved in stone above the blue door. Why two entries?Because at the time, girls and boys were separated at middle school.

On the middle school wall, a black plaque specifies the following words:
“Arrested by the police of the Vichy government, accomplice of the Nazi occupier, more than 11,000 Jewish children were deported from France between 1942 and 1944. Murdered in Auschwitz because they were born Jews. More than 500 children lived in the 4th arrondisssement. Among them the students of this school Let’s never forget them. “

The fourth arrondissement; “Le Marais” saw its Jewish population deported, during the Second World War.
From the Hospitallers Saint-Gervais public primary (UK) elementary (US) school, located not far from here, 260 Jewish pupils were deported to the Nazi concentration camps, on the Vél d’Hiv roundup of July 16 and 17, 1942. In the fall of 1942, only four children returned to this school.

“Le Mémorial de la Shoah” 17 allée des Justes 75004 Paris

On the otherside of the square, with the site of the “Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr” was built the “Paris Holocaust Memorial Museum” .

Outside, between the middle school and the Memorial walls , bilboards explain the Museum purposes.


The Memorial is surrounded by a long wall, where the names of the ” French Righteous”are engraved with a black commemorative plaque explaining it.

the Wall of the Righteous of France”.

Annie Lennox – Dido’s Lament – London City Voices

A little further, at the corner of a street. the yellow color catches the eye. Great witness woman, committed lawyer, then great politician: Simone Veil is on the letter box painted ageing. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_Veil

Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles” Mrs Simone Veil 1997 interview

History is always present in every Parisian place, “You just HAVE TO LOOK HARD”

21 thoughts on “On Holiday, wandering through Paris with a few fans in mind (Part 5)

    1. This subject is very hard and quite emotional to see let alone write about and I think your pictures here really assist in educating and elucidating what happened better than the written word. I don’t know if I could see this without shedding tears especially the wall with the names written. It’s hard enough for me to watch a movie that deals with this subject. Beautiful post and the whole five part series was eloquent and distinctively you my wise owl ❤️

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    1. I’d move to London in a heart beat if I had the financial funds but quarantining my three pups and flying them overseas with a risk something could happen to them stops me
      I do miss Germany also where my mum was from

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      1. I spent a year in the US. I could have lived in NYC, but otherwise, no. I missed the history in Europe. Even NYC does not have history, but has other things going for it.
        Incidentally, I love Paris. Used to go about once a month when I was single. Just for pleasure. In later years I visited France a lot but with children, there are easier places than Paris. Rouen was a favourite, because it was only a short drive.

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  1. thanks for the post , it’s always good to see efforts being made to remember this awful past because it’s now getting to the point that many of the survivors are no longer with us. I like the quote on the plaque about remembering the Jews who worked in resistance including those who dd it singly. I spoke to my Grandmother when i was 17 about how she escaped Germany because i was doing an A level history project on how everyday people did small acts of resistance. I love the words about how “the (righteous) people overcame the indifference that seemed to hold sway in our country and rejected barbarity”

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    1. All of us are living in Europe (or elsewhere) with it’s history on background. Today, remembering is important when survivors are ageing or disappearing. Those Museums, historians and so on… have been working on through ages and are still denouncing the new genocides, abuses what is happening now all over the world.

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    1. Sobering and sober too. I didn’t want to send the hardest explanations and pictures, I think we all know them or each of us could find them alone.
      My son is working in this 4th arrondissement, I couldn’t do otherwise than walk there and write a few lines about …

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  2. Very interesting, thank you! What I always find so heartbreaking in places such as these (and I felt that more keenly in Eastern Europe than in, say, Paris) is that Jews and Judaism are something for the history books and not living, breathing communities anymore. A synagogue has become a museum or a school only has a plaque left to remember that once Jews went there…

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    1. Thank you! But your comment seams strange because we met a whole family entering the “synagogue des Tournelles” for a wedding. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synagogue_de_la_rue_des_Tournelles
      We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the feminine outfits. This district has 8 synagogues, some are alive, not museums. The soul of this community is still very much alive because there are schools, shops, workshops, Kosher restaurants… run today by families with Jewish origins. This neighborhood is alive not a folk image.
      The school on my picture was a public one, not just for one religious community.
      The area around the 4th district City Hall has been a hotbed of Parisian gay community since the 1990s, too. And above all, 4th is known to welcome the Bourgeois-bohème defined by American journalist David Brooks book titled “Bobos in Paradise”.

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      1. Oh yes, I know Paris has a good Jewish community but when I visited Poland, for instance, this was not the case. Your report just reminded me that in so many places Judaism has become history.

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