FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld  

 
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Jacques wrote to his former teacher on March 25th: Dear Sir: We have been in the camp of Limoges since 7 o'clock Friday morning. From here I thank you for all your exertions on my behalf. There are twenty-five of us here. The youngest of the condemned is four weeks old. I wonder what crime this baby can possibly have committed. Probably not having chosen Aryan parents. Except for us, everyone is half-Aryan French. Their crime is that they are rich and that someone needed their wealth. Now we are all going to be skinned. No one can say there's no equality in France. But we are not despondent; on the contrary, we feel more courageous than before. We remain faithful to our Jewish tradition: love they neighbor as thyself. Please accept the deep respect of your Jewish pupil, Jacques Friedmann.

P.S. I would be very grateful if you would convey my greetings to Monsieur Pouilloux and all the teachers and students of my class.

Children everywhere, both Jewish and non-Jewish, should learn this letter by heart, with its sublime message delivered with dignity and humor.
   
   

FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld

 
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