G2G mark the 80th anniversary of the Paris round-up

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G2G mark the 80th anniversary of the Paris round-up

The Vel d’Hiv is the French name for 17 July 1942. This was the date 13,000 foreign-born Jews were arrested in and outside the capital.


For Debra Barnes the date of the Vel d’Hiv has a personal significance.  “My grandfather, Traitel Szkarlz, was arrested on this date. He was sent straight to Auschwitz and murdered one month later. He was only 40 years old. My mother was four the last time she saw her father. Of course, he was only the first member of the family to be deported. Three months later my grandmother was taken, and in 1944 two of my mothers’ siblings, including her twin sister aged six, were sent to the gas chambers.”

Susanna Rosenberg’s grandmother, Estura, was warned about the arrests of 16/17 July 1942 by the caretaker of their  apartment on Rue Ramponeau in Paris, and hid with her two young sons, Sacha and Albert in an empty flat.
On Sunday 17 July at 7pm, the Holocaust Education charity, Generation 2 Generation is holding an on-line event to commemorate this important date. A film will be premiered that includes the experiences of the families of two of Generation 2 Generation’s speakers, Debra Barnes and Susanna Rosenberg and provides some historical context.

Following the film, the First Counsellor of the French Embassy, Mr Guillaume Lacroix will speak and be available to answer questions as part of a panel together with Debra Barnes, Susanna Rosenberg and Holocaust historian, Dr Jamie Ashworth.

Book your place at this event at www.generation2generation.org.uk/news/events/ 

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