Holocaust memorial opens in Paris
From the BBC
A stone wall engraved with the names of 76,000 Jews who were deported from France to Nazi death camps during World War II has been unveiled in Paris.
The “Wall of Names” memorial is located at the entrance to the French capital’s newly renovated Holocaust museum.
Some 11,000 of those deported from 1942 to 1944 were children. Nearly all were killed – mostly at Auschwitz in Poland.
This is a positive step. As reported in the France2 news two nights ago (go to right sidebar, Editions du JT 23/01/2005 – JT 20h, 5 minutes into the program) nearly 60% of the French non-Jewish people sent to concentration camps survived while only 3% of French Jews survived. The Holocaust was essentially hidden from the French public for many years, starting with the 1945 exhibition ordered by Charles DeGaulle, which talked about the death camps but not the extermination of the Jews. In the 1950s Le Monde Illustré was the first newspaper to reveal the truth, by publishing photos of the Maidenek camp. Even then, a photo of a French guard at the only French concentration camp, Struthof-Natzwiller, was censured from the 1955 Alain Resnais film Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog).
Arthur writes that The UN contemplates Holocaust,
It’s not that we don’t know what the Holocaust was, or what its lessons are – it’s just that whenever next crisis comes by we do too little too late because to act forcefully and in time seems too difficult, too costly and too messy. The problem is not ignorance. Cowardice, “realism”, indifference, yes; anything but ignorance.
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