— French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial

I’ve just come across a doorstop of a book by Serge Klarsfeld, a tireless Nazi hunter who tracked down Klaus Barbie.

Klarsfeld has compiled an astonishing, haunting document which restores to us the memory of 2500 children deported by the Vichy government to the German death camps. The book has a b&w picture of each child, with a short paragraph detailing his or her place of birth, parentage and manner of deportation.

 

The picture shown here is of Anny-Yolande Horowitz

 

Born on June 2, 1933 in Strasbourg.

 

Last lived at 21, rue Rode, Bordeaux.

 

Interned in the Lalande camp near Tours and then transferred to Drancy.

 

From there, she, her mother Frieda, and her sister Paulette, age 7, were deported on Sept. 11, 1942 on Convoy 31.

 

Their destination: Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

Aside from these stark facts, all we know of Anny is what is on her I.D. card: that she was Jewish, had blonde hair, blue eyes, rosy complexion, and was of moderate height. And that she had very cute little-girl handwriting.

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