Tuesday, July 24, 2012

'Nuff said

'La vérité, c'est que pas un soldat allemand, pas un seul, ne fut mobilisé pour l'ensemble de l'opération.
'La vérité, c'est que ce crime fut commis en France, par la France.'
that is,
'The truth is that no German soldier, not one, was mobilized in this operation.
'The truth is that this crime was committed in France, by France.'
– French President François Hollande, in a speech Sunday in which he reaffirmed the responsibility of French officials for the 1942 le rafle du Vel d'Hiv. In this incident, as we posted a while back,
'on orders of the Vichy government that ruled after France fell to the Nazis in World War II, French police rounded up at least 13,000 citizens of Jewish heritage -- including more than 4,000 children -- and detained them in Paris' Vélodrome d'hiver, the Winter Velodrome not far from the Eiffel Tower. Of them, "not 1 child or woman escaped death at Auschwitz,"although 40 men did survive.'
Hollande's discours, which is available in full here and discussed in news articles here and here, came 17 years after a similar admission by then-President Jacques Chirac. (credit for photo of Hollande at Sunday's commemoration © Présidence de la République-Pascal Segrette/Laurent Blevennec)

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