French valour amid dark­ness

National Post (National Edition) - - LETTERS -

While it is true that French po­lice­men rounded up and de­liv­ered Jews to the Ger­mans so that the lat­ter could trans­port them (via the French na­tional rail­ways — SNCF) to slave labour and death camps dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, it is also true that there were many brave French men and women who risked life, limb and tor­ture at the hands of the Gestapo when they hid Jews.

My fa­ther and nine other close fam­ily mem­bers were rounded up in Château-Gon­tier, France, in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz. None sur­vived. Yet my mother, my two sis­ters and I were saved by a re­mark­able ex­tended French fam­ily that took unimag­in­able risks to place us in sep­a­rate safe lo­cales for the du­ra­tion of the war. Many peo­ple were in­volved in our res­cue, and there were many other cases of un­fath­omable brav­ery in France dur­ing those dark days.

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