Category Archives: Jewish history

Breaking news….opening up the Vichy regime archives


Today, France is finally opening up police and ministerial archives from the Vichy regime which collaborated with Nazi occupation forces in World War Two. More than 200,000 declassified documents are being made public. They date from the 1940-1944 regime of … Continue reading

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….a little more on Marcel Marceau


This portrait of Marcel Marceau, using oils on concrete, is by Francine Mayran. She painted it in order to “transmit his courage against the devil, and his humanity which stayed stronger than Nazi barbarism”. It is part of a series, … Continue reading

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Marcel Marceau ~ une vie extraordinaire


Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years but did you know that it also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, … Continue reading

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“A Pause in the Holocaust” ~ protection of jews during the Italian Occupation of SE France


Further to the interest in my recent postings on the Demarcation Line in the Touraine I thought readers might be interested in this English version of the short, French-made documentary “A Pause in the Holocaust” on the Italian Occupation of … Continue reading

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Tours synagogue and its WWII commemorative plaques


Late last year Sandra and I visited the small synagogue in the city of Tours (below).   It can be found at 37, Rue Parmentier in Tours and dates from 1907, a gift from the Parisian, Daniel Osiris. Its architect … Continue reading

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