1942 - 2002: 60 years a duty of memory
A duty of memory
The 16th and 17th of July 1942, the french State police captured some 13,000 Jews in Paris, locked them in the winter velodrome before driving them to Drancy, ultimate step before the death camps. But Drancy already operating for a year, like other camps throughout France, including Pithiviers or Beaune-la-Rolande. At the initiative of the Association of Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews of France and Mr. Serge Klarsfeld, from 27 March to 11 November 2002, 45 commemorative ceremonies marked the sixtieth anniversary of the roundup of the Vel d'Hiv and each 43 departing convoys of death.