FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld  

 
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Milice, who more and more knew their war was lost. However, despite the OSE report, at least one home remained open – in the isolated Rhône Valley village of Izieu – and it became the scene of one of the most tragic and cruel SS actions against Jewish children. Forty-four children were arrested and deported to Auschwitz. None survived. (The Izieu story is told in the April 6, 1944, entry in the History and Chronology section.)

Even after the Allied D-Day landings in France. on June 6, there were savage executions of hostages and, throughout the country, frenzied hunts for Jews and members of the underground. With the landings and the spread of fighting in France, OSE halted clandestine smuggling of children into Switzerland. More than 1,000 children had been spirited across the Swiss border to safety by the time OSE disbanded its secret network.
    
   

FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld

 
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