The Day France Lost Part of Its Soul

The 80th anniversary of the roundup of 12,400 Jews in a Paris stadium from which they were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz is the subject of a new book and exhibit of illustrations. The latter by one of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack

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Gaby Levin
Gaby Levin

Only half a mile separates the Eiffel Tower from a small garden in the 15th arrondissement at the corner of Boulevard de Grenélle and rue Nélaton Street, where a plaque commemorates one of the most tragic chapters in French history. Eighty years ago, during the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Vel’ d’Hiv’ – short for Vélodrome d’Hiver, (Winter Velodrome) – stood in this location. It was an indoor stadium with a cycling track and tennis and basketball courts, covered with a glass ceiling.

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