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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 02:00 AM

'France organised this': Macron denounces state role in Holocaust atrocity

Source: The Guardian

Monday 17 July 2017 01.15 BST

French President Emmanuel Macron has denounced France’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who negate or minimise the country’s role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.

After he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Holocaust commemoration, Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Worried that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution, Macron assailed Jewish settlement construction as a threat to international hopes for peace.

Commemorating 75 years since a mass roundup of Jews during the darkest chapter of modern French history, Macron insisted that “it was indeed France that organised this.”

Macron dismissed arguments by French far right leaders and others that the collaborationist Vichy regime didn’t represent France. “It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness . Yes, it’s convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie.”

French Jewish leaders hailed Macron’s speech on Sunday — even as critics railed at him online, where renewed anti-Semitism has flourished. Macron pledged to fight such racism, and called for thorough investigation into the recent killing of a Parisian woman believed linked to anti-Jewish sentiment.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/france-macron-denounces-state-role-holocaust-atrocity-paris-1942

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Response to Doug the Dem (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 02:08 AM

1. this is good to see. i have found Macron a bit better when it comes to some of these issues than

many others in France/europe.

hopefully it will continue.

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Response to Doug the Dem (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 04:20 AM

2. Germany organized the Holocaust, France went along with it, collaborated is the correct word

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Response to Not Ruth (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:01 AM

3. Well, Vichy France collaborated

by organizing this particular round-up. So Macron is technically correct.

But there were also many French private citizens and institutions who helped to shelter Jews, among others who were specifically persecuted by the Nazis. Insofar as Jews were concerned, see, e.g., https://yadvashem-france.org/les-justes-parmi-les-nations/qui-sont-les-justes/

I had the great honor and privilege in 2006 of meeting one of "Les Justes" from France: Jeanne Brousse https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Brousse

She was but one of many that we know about.

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