In early August, a part of the memorial for Holocaust victims in Lyon, France was vandalized. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the act, the French interior minister echoed his condemnation.
The memorial for the “Children of Izieu” contains a plaque commemorating the 44 children and 7 adults, who were cruelly deported. A felon broke the plaque, tearing it off its podium in the public garden.
The “Izieu Children” is a synonym for children who remained under temporary custody due to the war. They were brought to the childrens’ house by Jewish and French undergrounds groups between 1940-1944, and were cared for by Christian and Jewish adults, who tried to maintain a normal facade. The Gestapo later caught many of the people, and sent them to the Auschwitz and Talin concentration camps. Everyone died except one adult, who testified at court later. Klaus Barbie who commanded the forces at the time was found guilty. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing crimes against humanity, alhough he died four years later.
Macron, who last July stood by Netanyahu at vel d’hiv (a memorial for the 13,152 Jews deported in 1942), took a firm stance against the act, calling it a “shameful and cowardly” and that “it will not go unpunished.”
Jean Levy, head of the non-profit organization that aims to perpetuate the memory of the Izieu Children, said they are disturbed by the vandalism, but will repair the damaged memorial.
Source: Israel Hayom, Times of Israel
Image: AFP Photo/Philippe Desmazes
By: Roni Zedek