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"French Police, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust"

Gale World History In Context
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This article is about the French police during the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup of 1942. It describes the police and their duties. It states, "Some one hundred thousand policemen served in the Vichy government police force, thirty thousand of them in Paris. They included men in the gendarmerie responsible for the provincial regions, as well as the special branches such as intelligence and the squads for suppressing Résistance activists." Also, "...Germans assigned to the French police the tasks of maintaining public order, preventing subversive activities, suppressing crime, and implementing the German anti-Jewish policy." The article also describes what happened on July 16, 1942.

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Holocaust Survivor Support Service | Jewish Family Service of MetroWest

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Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is committed to offering support to Holocaust survivors and their families, to help them achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life.
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I think this advocacy group is incredible and is doing great things! It is so awesome that they offer such great services. The people that are behind this organization are truly kind and selfless; they dedicate their time to help others.

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The Vel' d'Hiv Stadium

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http://hillary-sarahskey.blogspot.com/2010/10/vel-dhiv.html
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This picture is heartbreaking to me because I know about the horror that took place at this stadium. It is disgusting how the French Jews were treated here. The ones who survived this horrific place were sent to other camps and then sent to Auschwitz. I am in shock at the fact that people could be capable of this terror, and the French police were the ones behind it all too; they were so vicious to their own people.

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Vél d'Hiv, Paris 1942: 'These black hours will stain our history forever'

Vél d'Hiv, Paris 1942: 'These black hours will stain our history forever' | Sarah's Key: Human Rights Violations | Scoop.it
In June 1942, 12,000 Jewish adults and children were removed from their homes in Paris and sent to Nazi death camps. It was the largest mass arrest in wartime France.
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This article is about the Vel' d'Hiv' Roundup of 1942. It mentions the events that took place on July 16, 1942. It also talks about the involvement of the French police during this time. For example, "The roundup was prepared in great secrecy and involved a massive force of 9,000 police and auxiliaries"(Gilbert). Also, "the operation was planned and executed by French police and civil servants. After the war, the Vél d'Hiv roundup would become a symbol of French guilt and complicity in the Holocaust." The article talks about French citizens during this time and also about how the French Jews were treated so horribly at the Vel' d'Hiv stadium. 

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Setting: Paris, France

Setting: Paris, France | Sarah's Key: Human Rights Violations | Scoop.it
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In 1942, Paris was a very damaged city. Many French citizens had strong antisemitism. French Jewish families were taken away from their homes by the French police and put in the Vel' d'Hiv' stadium for days and were treated horribly and inhumanely. From the Vel' d'Hiv' stadium, they were sent to camps and then they were sent to Auschwitz. Other citizens of France did not do anything to stop this tragic event.

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France Commemorates 70th Anniversary, World War II Vel D'Hiv Roundup

France Commemorates 70th Anniversary, World War II Vel D'Hiv Roundup | Sarah's Key: Human Rights Violations | Scoop.it
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, in which 13,000 French Jews were herded into a Paris cycling stadium -- formally known as the Vélodrome d'Hiver -- by French police acting on Nazi orders.
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This article mentions the 70th anniversary of the roundup of the French Jews that occured in 1942. This article also includes an interview with a survivor of this horrific event. It is very interesting to read about her experiences.

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Those Who Save Us

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Haunted by an old family photo of her mother and a high-ranking Nazi officer, historian Trudy Swenson begins to dig deep into the past to uncover the wartime experiences her mother refuses to talk about.
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This book is very similar to Sarah's Key. Both books take place during World War II. Also, both books have characters that want to research the past. Since this book is so similar to Sarah's Key and Sarah's Key was such an amazing book, this book Those Who Save Us seems like a great read also.

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Joseph Weismann FIU Lecture - January 25, 2011

Joseph Weismann discusses his harrowing experiences as an 11-year-old boy during the round-up and internment of thousands of Jews in the Velodrome d'Hiver in...
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This video is of a French man named Joseph Weismann speaking of his own personal account of the Roundup of 1942. He speaks mostly in French, and his son translates for him. He describes what happened from the start--police taking families away in the night--and gives many details of his experiences.  
     

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Sarah's Key

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 Sarah's Key is about a little Jewish girl living in Occupied France during World War II, who's life was torn apart and changed forever through tragic events. The French police came to her house in the middle of the night demanding them to come with them. In a desperate attempt to keep her little brother safe, Sarah hides him in the secret cupboard in his room and promises to come back to get him after the police let them go back home. Little does she know that she will not be returning home. The French police lock up all the Jews living in France in a stadium called Vel' d'Hiv'. Her mother, father, and herself are locked up there for days in horrible conditions then taken to camps. Sarah's past is intertwined with a present day journalist living in France, researching the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup of 1942. She gets so interested in Sarah's story and whether or not she survived that it disrupts her personal life and causes many troubles within her family.

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The Vélodrome d’hiver Round-up: July 16 and 17, 1942 - Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence

A. Context The greatest mass-arrest of Jews ever carried out on French soil is known as the Vél’ d’hiv’ Round-up. It involved 13 000 victims from (...)
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This article is a description of the Jews that were taken away on July 16, 1942. It gives many large numbers that show how many Jews were taken away. For example, "In the course of two days, 12,884 Jews were arrested: 3,031 were adult men, meaning that the majority were either women or children (5,802 and 4,051 respectively)"(Laffitte). This article also states what happened to the Jews when there were taken away.

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