FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld  

 
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Youra RISKINE was born in Paris on April 11, 1928, and was deported on convoy 55 of June 23, 1943. His schoolmate and friend Bertrand Poirot-Delpech, now a writer and member of the Academie Française, once wrote in the newspaper Le Monde: "At the lycée Louis-le-Grand, in 1943, the person who sat next to me, and my best friend, was Youra Riskine. He was a Jew from Odessa. He was a genius. He played Chopin better than Paderewski. He wrote crazy novels and the class newspaper all by himself. One morning, he was no longer there. He had been arrested by the French police. He would disappear; his convoy number is in Klarsfeld's book. Having found his door closed, with a seal on it, I reported my concern to the teacher. "No politics in class," he answered, considering himself a humanist rather than a resister. "Let's get back to Lucretius," he added. He couldn't let Riskine's disappearance delay or penalize the contemplative study of classic literature: 40 years later, I'm still appalled."    
   

FRENCH CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST

A memorial
Serge Klarsfeld

 
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