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