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Published on 09/30/2023 22:08 Updated on 09/30/2023 22:47
Duration of the video: 3 min France 2 Article written by France 2 – A.Rouaux, B.Jeunehomme, G.Pouvreau
Joseph Weismann was arrested during the Vel d’Hiv’ roundup on July 16, 1942. At 92, he shares his testimony as a Holocaust survivor.
On July 16, 1942, in Paris, the Vichy police arrested 13,000 Jews, including more than 4,000 children. Among them, Joseph Weismann, 11 years old. He was taken with his family to the Vélodrome d’Hiver in Paris. “We settle down on our bleacher, on which we will sit for five days and five nights, without moving, without eating”, he testifies. On July 21, 1942, the families were crowded into cattle wagons, heading towards the Beaune-la-Rolande camp (Loiret).
He tried to escape
In August 1942, Nazi dignitaries planned the deportation of adults from Beaune-la-Rolande to Auschwitz (Poland), but nothing was decided for the youngest. With his friend Jo, Joseph seeks to escape. “We made a kind of tunnel by moving the barbed wire aside so that we could slide through it. […] I took my beret, which I threw over the barbed wire saying ‘look Jo, my beret is free and we will follow'”remembers Joseph Weismann.
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