FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld  

 
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Louise JACOBSON was 17 and studying for her baccalaureate exam when she was arrested for not wearing the yellow star. Imprisoned in Fresnes, the Parisian prison, on September 1, 1942, then in Drancy, Beaune-la-Rolande, then Drancy again, Louise was deported to Auschwitz on convoy 48 of February 13, 1943, where she was murdered like most on that convoy. Louise wrote moving letters, full of life and character (published by Serge Klarsfeld in 1989 in France as Lettres de Louise Jacobson); they have since been adapted for the theatre. In February 1996, the Italian newspaper l'Unita published these letters in a widely distributed booklet. Louise Jacobson is France's Anne Frank. Here are some excerpts from her first letter to her schoolmates in the Hélène Boucher lycée in Vincennes, just outside of Paris, and from her last letter to her sister Nadia: September 1942 – Fresnes Prison – My darling friends. Once upon a time there was a wretched little girl. I'm going to tell you a sad story, my dears. First, I should thank you for going to see my father so quickly to find out what had happened to me, which made me very happy. Since Monday, August 31st,    
   

FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld

 
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