Beate Klarsfeld Foundation

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was established to bring to justice Nazi criminals, to oppose crimes against humanity, to help Jewish people where persecuted, to identify important documents and preserve a historic record.

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During World War II, 11,000 Jewish children were deported from France to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps in convoys that continued rolling until August 18, 1944—the very day of the Paris uprising that ended with the city's liberation. The children were among more than 75,000 French Jews deported to the camps under the Nazi plan for the final solution of the Jewish question. Nearly all of the young victims—some less than two years old—were arrested by the French police on orders of the Vichy government and turned over to the Germans for deportation. Only a handful of the children survived.

In French Children of the Holocaust, Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld—the man who brought Klaus Barbie to justice in 1983—has created a volume of stunning documentary importance. Drawing together archival evidence pried with difficulty from the French government, family testimony and photographs solicited by advertisements in Jewish publications in Europe, Israel, and the United States, and the Nazi's own lists of deportees--which were discovered, fading and crumbling, by Klarsfeld in a French Jewish archive--this book represents the culmination of many volunteers' painstaking efforts to give testimony to the short lives of these Jewish children.
Photographs of over 1,500 of the children, gathered from their surviving relatives and family friends all over the world, bring life to their brief biographies. Included with each photograph is the name, age, place and date of birth, home address, and the date and brief history of the deportation convoys that transported them to the death camps.

This book is an invaluable reference for scholars of the Holocaust, signifying the last attempt to rescue these young victims of the Nazis from oblivion and to help them leave a permanent mark on history as individuals and as a group. amazon

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One of the thousands of Jewish children murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators, Georges Halpern (1935–44) was torn from his parents in 1943 and spent his final two years at the children’s home in Izieu, France. While at Izieu, Georgy regularly wrote letters and sent drawings to his parents, describing his life at the children’s home, his dreams and his sorrow. Today, this remarkable collection of letters and drawings remains a testament to the courage and hope of a young boy caught in the midst of one the darkest chapters in the history of mankind. 

Georgy’s hopes for being reunited with his family ended with his murder at the age of eight in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.

In association with the Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, Aperture proudly presents this record of Georg Halpern’s brief life in an unforgettable collection of letters, drawings, and family photographs that speaks to the innocence and tragedy of all the victims of persecution and war.

CONTACT FOR INSTITUTIONAL PURCHASES: Shelly Shapiro, Director Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Ctr 800 New London Rd, #400 Latham, NY 12110 
518-785-0035 

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Il y a 70 ans, les 16 et 17 juillet 1942, dans la capitale occupée, la police parisienne se livrait, sur ordre des nazis, à la plus grande rafle jamais organisée en France : plus de 12 000 Juifs, dont 4 000 enfants, étaient arrêtés dans le cadre de l'opération « Vent printanier ». Les célibataires et les familles sans enfants de moins de seize ans étaient aussitôt dirigés vers le camp de Drancy ; les autres étaient parqués au Vélodrome d'Hiver. 

Les conditions d'internement étaient effroyables. La soif, la faim, l';absence d'hygiène. La plupart de ces malheureux mourront à Auschwitz. Le 16 juillet 1995, dans un discours historique, reproduit dans le livre, Jacques Chirac dira : « La France, ce jour-là, accomplissait l'irréparable. »
Ce livre inclut les témoignages inédits de survivants de la rafle - la plupart étaient enfants à l'époque - ainsi que des photographies d'eux et de leurs familles détruites. Il présente également une chronologie détaillée des mesures antisémites prises par Hitler à partir de 1933, et par le gouvernement de Vichy, à partir de 1940.amazon

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Entretiens par Claude Bochurberg, sous la direction de Patrick Frémeaux. Février 2002. Pour la première fois, Serge Klarsfeld, historien et avocat, explique au micro de Claude Bochurberg pendant près de huit heures son engagement intellectuel et philosophique. 

Un engagement qui lui a donné la force de travail et de conviction pour établir l'histoire de l'Holocauste, sur des bases scientifiques indiscutables et pour rechercher et faire juger de nombreux criminels nazis ainsi que leurs collaborateurs et notamment Klaus Barbie. Serge Klarsfeld et sa femme Beate ont voulu, par leur travail d'historien mais aussi par leur action militante, permettre aux Juifs de faire le travail de deuil. Ils ont porté à la connaissance de tout le degré d'inhumanité que l'homme peut porter en lui-même, et dont la Shoah fut l'expression. L'inscription dans l'ordre juridique national et international de la notion de Crime contre l'humanité a permis d'éviter toute banalisation de la singularité de la Shoah. Elle a donné leur juste dimension aux procès intentés contre les criminels nazis tout en nous contraignant à affronter avec lucidité ce qu'a été l'histoire du XXème siècle. En affirmant que la prééminence du droit ne peut être établie sur l'oubli ou la négation du passé, Serge Klarsfeld a créé les conditions qui nous permettent de croire encore en l'homme aujourd'hui. Grâce à lui, le projet humaniste a survécu à Auschwitz.

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A witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the Supreme Court Justice

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A Holocaust memoir from Paul Schaffer, who survived Auschwitz to become a successful industrialist, honored by the country of France

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By the age of 14, Paul Shaffer had received a comprehensive education in Vienna. He spent his teenage years, first on the run from the Nazis in Belgium and France, and then in Auschwitz from 1942 to 1945, and survived to become a successful industrialist who was honored by the government of France. The carefully chosen vignettes and descriptions in this Holocaust memoir provide insights into a middle-class Jewish childhood in prewar Vienna, attitudes to Jewish refugees in Vichy France, arrest and detention in France, survival in Auschwitz, and the return to postwar France to face the challenges of reintegration into French society. With photos of the author in the Siemens factory where he worked as an inmate, this emotional memoir is an attempt to comprehend those events and examine the range of human behavior he himself witnessed. Shaffer’s account was written with students in mind, and consequently deliberately omits detailed descriptions of the most horrifying aspects of life as a concentration camp inmate.

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This book is a legacy of enormous historical importance. At a time when many are actually denying the existence of the Holocaust, we have decided to publish for the first time this important visual eye witness evidence. David Olère, the only artist to survive imprisonment in Auschwitz, drew upon his own experiences as a laborer in the gas chambers, furnaces, and examination rooms to illustrate what actually went on within the crematorium and other places that no photographer entered until after the war. The drawings are accompanied by a moving text written by Olère’s son, based on his father’s experiences.

This book will make you feel like an eye witness yourself. This work is published so that those who never experienced the Holocaust and all future generations may witness themselves, through Olère’s eyes, the terrible cruelty of which political systems with unchecked power are capable.

Some of the images in this book are very disturbing. We do not recommend it for children.

An estimated six million Jews were systematically exterminated by Hitler’s SS during World War II. This slaughter took place at several camps throughout Europe. Primary among these was Auschwitz II at Birkenau, Poland, where more than a million people were sent to the gas chambers—most of them Jews. The SS offered a few prisoners the chance to work in exchange for a little more time to live, but this usually was only a slower form of death. Only about one out of a hundred people deported to Auschwitz survived the war. One of the cruelest forms of forced labor was the corps of SonderKommando, prisoners who had to work in the crematoria. They were constantly driven to work faster to keep up with the intense schedule of slaughter. When they were too exhausted to satisfy their persecutors, they were sent into the gas chambers themselves. The typical life span of these unfortunates ranged from a few hours to a few weeks. Only a handful of SonderKommando survived the war.

One of these was David Olère, a Jewish artist who was born in Poland, but had emigrated to France. He was arrested in 1943 and managed to survive nearly two years at Auschwitz, primarily because the SS desired to make use of his artistic and linguistic skills.

While his wife and son hid out in France, Olère witnessed unbelievable sights never recorded by cameras: the rape and murder of young women; live babies being thrown into burning trenches; Jews, Christians, and Communists celebrating Christmas together at Auschwitz, a Catholic priest who elected to go to the gas chambers himself rather than abandon a young Jewish boy whose care had been charged to him; and worst of all, the horrendous work in Crematorium III.

As soon as he was liberated, Olère began to sketch scenes, portraits, and diagrams from memory. These constitute the only visual record of much of what went on at Auschwitz. His drawings were used by those charged with investigating the Holocaust and now hang in museums around the world.

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