Friday, October 09, 2009

Today's ceremony

This plaque was put up today in Nice, in the presence of many officials, and also that of memory activist Serge Klarsfeld who remembered that his own father had been arrested here, in this neighbourhood before being sent to his death in Auschwitz. The plaque ought to have been placed on the Hotel Excelsior where the Jews who had been arrested in the area were imprisoned, tortured and where many committed suicide. Unfortunately the current owner refused, so the plaque is on the public domain : the street. The hotel was chosen because of its closeness to the railway station. The detainees were sent from Nice to Drancy, first...
The crowds were immense today by the ceremony, to listen to the mayor (also Minister of Industry) Christian Estrosi, and S. Klarsfeld also reminded us that numerous lives were saved thanks to the solidarity of the local population.


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The street may be the best place, especially as it can be seen by all passers by. The events and people it commemorates should be known and remembered.

Thanks for sharing the photograph and story.

Monday, 12 October, 2009  

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