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French Internment Camps

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Once the Jews were at their camp (Beaune la-Rolande, Pithiviers and Drancy in France, and Auschwitz in Germany) the adults were sent straight to Auschwitz and the children were left at either Beaune la-Rolande or Pithiviers. Conditions here were even worse than at the Velodrome. No food or water was given to the children and the only option for a bathroom were open pits in the ground. The bunker rooms they slept in had dirt floor, covered with hay, and debris of all kinds. The children's heads were shaved, and all their belongings and extra clothing were taken away. Many were sick with dysentery and died from dehydration and other diseases.

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1941 Le Juif et la France - YouTube

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September 1941. Le Juif et la France The Juif et la France [The Jews and France] was an exhibition which took place from 5 September 1941 to 15 January 1942 ...
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Sarah's Key

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Sarah's Key

In "Sarah's Key," we travel back and forth from the perspective of Sarah, a ten-year old Jewish girl living in a war-stricken Paris of July, 1942 and Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris in May of 2002. We start out on the morning of July 16, 1942 when the French police are rounding up all the Jews of France. Little Sarah, thinking they will be back in their apartment within a day or so, decides to lock her little brother in a hidden cupboard they like to hide in to keep him safe. It is not until she and her mother and father are at the Velodrome d'Hiver when Sarah's father explains to her the real predicament they are in. A few weeks later when Sarah has been forcefully abandoned at the camp she's been taken to, she decides to try and escape to go save her brother. She recruits the help of another little girl, Rachel and together, with the help of a sympathetic officer they escape their work camp and slowly make their way back to Paris. 
When we first meet Julia Jarmond, we find her and her daughter Zoe waiting for Bertrand, Julia's husband to come show them their new apartment that Bertrand will be renovating. The apartment belonged to Bertrand's grandmother whom moved in in late July of 1942. Julia, being a journalist currently working on a piece to commemorate the 60th year since the roundup, becomes very interested in the apartment and digs only deeper into her research on all that happened that terrible day. Through some of her research and questioning she learns that Parisans

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Velodrome d'Hiver

The Velodrome d'Hiver or Vel' d'Hiv for short, was a large stadium in Paris, where the French police stored all the French Jews on July 16, 1942. By order of the Germans,  the French Police went around and rounded up all the Jews living in Paris and loaded them onto buses that took them to inhumane conditions at the Velodrome. Once there, they were not permitted food, or water or even actual bathrooms. Many died there from starvation and others by their own choice. From there they were sent to different internment camps within France.

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Paris and Orleans, France

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"Sarah's Key" takes place primarily in Paris, France. But a large portion of the story is in Orleans, France, just South of Paris.

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The Jew and France

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The Jew and France was an exhibit in 1941 to portray to the French public who was to blame for all of their economical problems, and any other everyday problems. It was a form of propaganda. 

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5th September 1941: Nazi campaign against Jews in France

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Volunteering at once and crawling forward through the wire to a flank, Sepoy Kamal Ram attacked the post single handed and shot the first machine-gunner; a second German tried to seize his weapon but Sepoy Kamal Ram killed him with the bayonet, and then shot a German officer who, appearing from the trench with his pistol, was about to fire.
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