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Thursday, July 16, 1942. :   Over 13,000 French Jews are rounded up and sent to Drancy Internment Camp outside Paris.

     Vichy France, or the Vichy regime was the French government of 1940-1944 during the Nazi Germany occupation of World War II, based at and named after the town of Vichy. Vichy France was established after France surrendered to Germany in 1940, and took its name from the government's capital in Vichy, southeast of Paris near Clermont-Ferrand. While officially neutral in the war, it was essentially a Nazi puppet state that collaborated with the Nazis, including with the Nazis' racial policies.

On 3 October 1940 the first anti-Semitic laws were passed by the Vichy government which excluded Jews from public life. French Jews began to be deported in smaller numbers to Auschwitz on 7 March 1942. However, the impact of the WWII Holocaust hit in earnest amongst the French on 16 July 1942, when over 13,000 Parisian Jews were rounded up and sent to Drancy Internment Camp located outside Paris. The French police were acting under the orders of the Germans who at that stage were occupying southwest France. During the course of the war, approximately 74,000 French Jews, including 11,000 children, were transported from Drancy to Auschwitz, Majdanek and Sobibor.


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Thought For Today
Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all the time. People who stay calm have real insight.
Proverbs 17:27 (c) GNB
Wise people look often and say little. They are a rock when the storms of life come. They know that they know what they know.

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