Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that “anti-Semitism is not over and we need to talk about it.” The President of France commemorated that day the anniversary of the greatest roundup of Jews, as underlined by Radio France Internationale, carried out by the French police cooperating with the Third Reich.
Macron spoke at the inauguration of the monument in the city center of Pithiviers, about 100 km south of Paris. Pithiviers was the second largest transit camp and deportation point in France for Jews after Drancy.
“We are not done with anti-Semitism, he is still here – stronger and more violent,” Macron said. The French president mentioned anti-Semitic acts of terror, graffiti and social media entries.
In his speech, Macron warned against “a new kind of revisionism.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne said that “France lost part of its soul” in a round-up of Vel d’Hiv that “went even further than the Nazi occupiers demanded.” She added that all government officials knew about her.
80th anniversary of the largest round-up of Jews
On July 16-17, 1942, almost 13,000 people of Jewish origin in France, including over 4,000 the children were detained, sent to the winter velodrome Vel d’Hiv in Paris, and then to concentration camps in the area controlled by the Third Reich. It was the largest mass detention of the Jewish population by the French police in cooperation with the Nazi occupiers.
The Shoah Museum in Paris, which collects archives of French Holocaust victims, has issued an appeal to reach the last witnesses and survivors of the Vel d’Hiv round-up.
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