FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld  

 
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Cécile                            Dora                             Ernest


After the publication in France of the first edition of this children's memorial in the fall of 1994, the well-known French writer Patrick Modiano wrote an essay about the book in the daily Libération (November 2, 1994). The name of Dora BRUDER, who was deported on convoy 34 of September 18, 1942, and for whom no photograph had been found, haunted Modiano. He wondered what she looked like, and he wondered about other Bruders, whose names he found in the 1978 Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France. Modianos questions spurred further research on our side, and eventually we found a tombstone photograph in the Bagneux cemetery near Paris. Ernest was indeed the father and Cécile the mother, née Burdej; Cécile was of Austrian origin and worked at a furrier. Dora was born in Paris on February 25, 1925. She and her father were deported together on convoy 34, while her mother was taken on convoy 47 of February 11, 1943. Patrick Modiano now knows what Dora Bruder looked like. We subsequently found a member of Dora's family, who gave us the original photograph used on the tombstone.    
   

FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld

 
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