A survivor of the Vél ‘d’Hiv roundup denounces the “odious comparison” of antivax


“I would like to express my indignation at what happened this week.” This Sunday, during an official ceremony organized on the occasion of the National Day in memory of victims of racist and anti-Semitic crimes of the French State, Joseph Szwarc, one of the last survivors of the Rafle du Vél ‘d’Hiv, strongly condemned the instrumentalization of the yellow star by anti-vaccines.

Saturday, nearly 114,000 demonstrators beat the pavement in France against health measures, according to the Ministry of the Interior. In the processions, some anti-vaccine demonstrators wore the yellow star, comparing this distinctive sign imposed on Jews by Nazi Germany to the health pass, the extension of which is to be debated in Parliament.

“I wore it, the star. I have it in my flesh ”

“No to the Nazi pass”, “false pandemic, real dictatorship”, “Pasteur’s country, no passer” or “I am not a QR code”, could we read on the signs of the Parisian procession, while were visible some leaflets diverting the yellow star with the mention “sanitary pass”.

Invited to deliver a speech at the ceremony honoring victims of racist and anti-Semitic crimes, Joseph Szwarc, 94, expressed his outrage. “This comparison is odious,” he condemned. “You can’t imagine how touched I was, tears came to me. I wore it, the star, me. I know what it is: I have it in my flesh, ”he said. “It is the duty of all our fellow citizens not to let this outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist wave lurking around. It is a primary duty ”.

Sunday, Lycra also “condemned[é] firmly this “outrageous minimization”, through embezzlement, of a crime against humanity. It makes the bed of negationism ”.

On July 16 and 17, 1942, the police forces commanded by the Vichy government arrested 13,152 Jews, including 4,115 children, before parking them at the Vélodrome d’Hiver and in other camps, and sending them to the death camps. The “Vél ‘d’Hiv roundup” was the biggest arrest of Jews in France during World War II.


Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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