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The Holocaust in Focus: French Children of the Holocaust
February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1996, Serge Klarsfeld edited French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial, a nearly 2,000 page book documenting the roundup and deportation of thousands of French children.
At the time of the book’s publication, the Los Angeles Times commented:
“French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial, more vividly than any other source I know in any language, presents the human personhood of the catastrophe. About 2,500 images–arduously gathered over 20 years from snapshots, formal portraits, family groupings, identity cards, memorial plaques, and gravestones–show French-born children and those who had found refuge in France, infants through late adolescents, looking out with smooth fresh features. These are not the children precariously hidden with Gentile families or in convents and monasteries, or those luckily sent on children’s transports to England, but girls and boys living their everyday lives before they learned what “deportation” meant.”
Dr. Clark Hultquist will lead a discussion of selected photographs from this harrowing work and attempt to contextualize the Holocaust in France, discussing the perpetrators, collaborators, and the victims.