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Zakhor.  Al Tishkah. by IngeVandormael Zakhor.  Al Tishkah. by IngeVandormael
Inspired by "Sarah's Key", written by Tatiana de Rosnay. A must read about the holocaust, more specifically the involvement of the French government in the deportation of 42,000 Jews during WWII.

Zakhor. Al Tichkah.
Remember. Never forget.


The Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv (the "round-up" or "raid" of the Vel' d'Hiv, from the French abbreviation for Vélodrome d'hiver, or winter velodrome) is the name of the July 16, 1942 raid - Operation Spring Breeze - during the occupation of France by the Germans. The round-up, in Paris, was one of several aimed at reducing the Jewish population. The victims were sent to a concentration camp and then to Auschwitz. Few survived. The French president apologised much later for the part taken by French policemen and civil servants.

At 4am on 16 July 1942,12,884 Jews were arrested: 4,051 children, 5,802 women and 3,031 men. (A total of 13,152 has also been quoted [9]). An unknown number, warned by the French Resistance or benefiting from a lack of zeal, deliberate or accidental, of some policemen, escaped being rounded up. Conditions for the arrested were harsh: they could take with them only a bed cover, a sweater, a pair of shoes and two shirts. Most families were split up and never reunited.
After arrest, some Jews were taken by bus to a concentration camp in an incomplete block of flats in the northern suburb of Drancy. Others were taken to the Vélodrome d'hiver in the 15th arrondissement, which had already been used as a prison in a roundup in the summer of 1941.

The roundup accounted for more than a quarter of the 42,000 Jews sent from France to Auschwitz in 1942, of whom only 811 came home at the end of the war.

For decades the French government declined to apologise for the role of French policemen in the roundup or for any other state complicity. The argument rested on the legal problem that the French Republic had been declared finished when Philippe Pétain instituted a new French State during the war and that the Republic had been re-established only once the war was over. It was not for the Republic, therefore, to apologise for events that happened while it had not existed and which had been carried out by a state which it did not recognise.
On 16 July 1995, the President, Jacques Chirac, ruled it was time that France faced up to its past and he acknowledged the role that the state had played in the persecution of Jews and other victims of the German occupation. He said:
"These black hours will stain our history for ever and are an injury to our past and our traditions. Yes, the criminal madness of the occupant was supported ('secondée' ) by the French, by the French state. Fifty-three years ago, on 16 July 1942, 450 policemen and gendarmes, French, under the authority of their leaders, obeyed the demands of the Nazis. That day, in the capital and the Paris region, nearly 10,000 Jewish men, women and children were arrested at home, in the early hours of the morning, and assembled at police stations... France, home of the Enlightenment and the Rights of Man, land of welcome and asylum, France committed that day the irreparable. Breaking its word, it delivered those it protected to their executioners."
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful
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carolinecalflo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Perfect.
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JonasSavedMe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I'm french, I've read Sarah's Key -in french- and it made me cries, so did the movie -which was released in France in November 2010. During German occupation, Philippe Pétain lived in Vichy, a city wich is at about 40 km from my home. It's really sad such horrible persons lived near where I live...
Let's never forget this part of the History.
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I am from Belgium, and truly, this is such a big part of our history as well.
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KeoLuvRockAndWolves Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh men...very awesome...i read Sarah's key,and i love it.....very sad story...
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TimeTravelToaster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student General Artist
;__; Such a sad book. I cried while reading it.
And this s gorgeous! <3
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student Writer
I read the book, and I used it in an assignment for school, with our project-week, where I chose to work about Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv. Very beautiful book, and a very beautiful design here! :D :+fav:
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Great book indeed.
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StormpussyStudios Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Student
this is honestly just fantastic beyond words
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
:D
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UnAnimaPersa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008   Photographer
I've actually just finished the book.
Your work here is beautiful.
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Thank you so much.
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rose-walker Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
it should be Al TiSHkah.
it is beautiful dear...
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
I changed it. Thank you!
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rose-walker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
no problem! knowing hebrew comes in handy sometimes :hug: glad i could help!
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relaxeder Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
cool design and intriguing story... i'm gonna have to read that book :)
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
You should... it will leave an impression...
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BLDRDSH Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Such lovely design! :heart:
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Thank you.
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J4n3T Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful design! I was trying to read it....^^; so difficult to me.
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IngeVandormael Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Thank you Janet.
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