Paris is a place people would love to visit because its subtle and a beautiful place to see with lights and awesome attractions. The food and wine is known in Paris for example they have many wine tours to go on like the chateau. Also there are many lovely places to visit like the Eiffel Tower and landmarks that made Paris what it is today. A past of Paris when the Jews were taken out, has museums and architecture that can take you through a blast to the past. One place you can visit is the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation and the Vel d'Hiv round up. Overall, Paris is an amazing and wonderful town to visit if you enjoy food and architecture that can be picture perfect for a lifetime.
This photo shows how the children of the camps struggled to survive on a day to day basis. Many didn't get food nor water and had to live through labor intensive days which made them lose even more of their body. In this photo it also shows how many lost their clothing because of either how tattered they were or because of the Nazi police taking them away. This is such a bad time to reflect on in our world, but its amazing that many overcame it.
Ceremonies, exhibits and an address by President François Hollande shed light on the 1942 deportation of more than 13,000.
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Being the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv round up, the French reflect on the past they have had with Jews in 1942. The arrests were the largest to ever take place in France and by surprise; the Jewish weren’t taken by the Nazi’s, but by the French. Being that barely anyone survived the round up, the French went from denial, and forgetting what had happened to accepting it and moving forward. Although they accept it now, in the past the French policeman were in shame for themselves as it happened and didn’t want any documents shown that they were the ones who did it. The article is mainly surrounded by the fact that there is an exhibit in honor of the Vel d’Hiv round up. In the exhibit, it shows what little documents are left from the arrest and for example a note five days into the round up stating how many of not only men and women’s death numbers, but also children.
The Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation is a memorial for the many people deported from Vichy, France from either imprisonment or the struggle to get out of the concentration camps. It was a long process with much extermination and attrition of more than 200,000 people. The memorial was made on April 12, 1962 by the president of the Republic of France. In honor of this event, the last Sunday of April every year is dedicated to the ones lost and/or deported. This specific memorial shows burned down villages that have happened due to Nazi police and also many of the 200,000 people’s graves that stand there to signify how greatly we remember what had happened to the lost ones.
Drancy was a concentration camp made for the Jews to be imprisoned in France. This was the in between stage of them from the Velodrome roundup, and on their way to forced labor camps or even extermination which was also known as Auschwitz. In the early years being summer 1941-1943, the camp was ran by the French and the second period from summer 1943-1944 was ran by Germans. The prisoner life in Drancy for the Jewish in France wasn’t any better than anywhere else concentration camps existed. The food that was given was a very small amount causing the prisoners to become undernourished. By August 1944 the Allied forces made their way to Paris and the consul general of Sweden, Raoul Nordling, took over control and brought the French Red Cross in to help the Jewish in Drancy. While this was happening the German policeman burned every document of the camp and fled to not get caught.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but n...
Cat Scordato's insight:
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay is taken place in Paris both present time and also past World War Two times that have two different stories connecting to a common cause. The story begins with an American woman named Julia married to Bertrand, a France born citizen now living the full way of a French life. Julia writes in an American newspaper that is told to research and write about the French Jews that get sent to a “round up” called Vel’ d’Hiv’. Along the way Julia goes through struggles to get the best stories for her article with family problems, like her husband cheating on her and her getting pregnant. Other struggles along the way are to discover what her husband’s family is hiding as to what they know about the past French times. Through the suspense in the novel, it doesn’t stop there. The other story begins with a little Jewish girl named Sarah who gets taken away from her home with her parents and hides her little brother, Michael into a secret cupboard so he doesn’t get taken away. Once they are at the Vel’ d’Hiv’, Sarah is very confused as to what will happen to them. Along the way she gets separated from her family and ends up escaping the camp to find her way back to save her brother. As both stories go on, Sarah’s story is unleashed to Julia as they connect through the Tezac family. The Tezac family, being the grandfather Eduoard ends up being the little boy of the new family living in Sarah’s old home. This book has not only suspense and mystery, but it also has love and struggles along the way to save Julia’s marriage and to unleash where Sarah might be now.
Join Steve Smith, co-author of Rick Steves' France guidebook, as he shares tips and insights for traveling in France. Experience the very best of Paris along...
Cat Scordato's insight:
In the documentary, France Travel Skills, Rick Steves’ goes through ways to travel to France in a way where you can find ease and love for the beautiful city of lights. Rick Steves states that in France, they find comfort in the slightest things and haven’t understood why American’s need that extra step for example, fluffier pillows and air conditioning. In the new decade of France though, they are starting to become more modern and taking the extra step to get up to "American standards". The French citizens love to teach people that aren’t familiar of their country about their culture, like where the best architecture is, the D Day beaches, wine tours and about anything else you can think of. In France food is a huge thing, for example for breakfast alone would be quite costly. If in Paris and trying to save money, Steves recommends apartment rental because then no one has to worry about spending money on breakfast in beds and more on other things, like dinner and the many attractions Paris alone has to offer.
The United States Holocaust Museum is located in Washington DC to reflect on World War Two’s hardships. The Holocaust was the murder of about six million Jews by the Nazi’s. The Jewish were sent to do intensive hard labor and put to death either from starvation, from the labor or put to death by the gas chambers if they were unable to work. The organization informs what was done during the times of the holocaust, who survived and ways you can still continue to help and donate to the museum.
France’s “Forgotten” Children is about the Jewish children who were sent to their death based on their religion/race. The Jews were sent to Vel d’Hiv, the roundup that kept them in horrible circumstances further leading to their death. Of the 76,000 Jews that were deported, 11,400 were of those from Paris that were directly sent to the gas chambers. The title of the article, France’s ‘forgotten’ children means that the kids will never actually be forgotten due to how much shame and regret the policeman and other French feel about doing this to innocent kids. The fact that kids were forced to wear yellow stars to indicate they were Jews and no one was there to relieve their pain and stop them from being made for what they are puts the citizens to regret and sadness.
Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensbor...
Cat Scordato's insight:
My Enemy's Cradle is a great read for ones that enjoy Sarah's Key because it has suspense, mystery and many plot twists just like Sarah's Key has. Its about a girl named Cyrla who discovers later in her life she is Jewish and has to decide between staying in hiding for her self or helping out her neighbor who happens to be pregnant and her baby can possibly get taken away. Does Cyrla pick the right thing to do or saves herself in the crazy novel My Enemy's Cradle.
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