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* Nazi concentration camp in southern France

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 26, 2010

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Spread across a huge barren windswept area in Rivesaltes, just north of Perpignan, not far from where we live in southern France, are the decaying remains of a French concentration camp. Here in the early 1940s, approximately 40,000 Jews were collected for the Nazis by French police, kept under conditions for which the word inhumane is grossly insufficient, and then shipped to Auschwitz. A heartbreaking description of these events is found in Rosemary Bailey’s brilliant book Love and War in the Pyrenees: A True Story. A memorial for these Jews, and for earlier Spanish and later Algerian detainees, is being planned.

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