French Jews are the canary in Europe’s coal mine

On October 17, 1943 Alois Brunner, SS captain, arrived in Nice with his staff and chose the Hotel Excelsior as a logistics base.

This opened the most tragic page in the history of the French Riviera: the deportation of French Jews to the Nazi death camps. Every three days, a cattle car in which 100 Jews were stored was hooked up to the Nice-Paris train.

This is how the south of France was made “jüdenrein”

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