Memorias y lugares de memoria de Europa- Mémoires et lieux de mémoire en Europe- Memories and Places of Memory in Europe
Edited By Éric Bussière and Enrique Moradiellos
Actes du séminaire doctoral d’été « Mémoires et lieux de mémoire en Europe » organisé par la Fondation Académie européenne de Yuste avec la collaboration du réseau SEGEI, au Monastère royal de Yuste et palais de Charles Quint en Estrémadure, Espagne (du 6 au 9 juillet 2009).
Proceedings of the doctoral summer seminar, «Memories and Places of Memory of Europe», organised by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation in cooperation with the SEGEI network, in the Royal Monastery of Yuste and Palace of Charles V, in Extremadura, Spain (from 6
European Historical Memory Sites (Simone Veil)
17 European Historical Memory Sites Simone VEIL1 Former President of the European Parliament and Charles V European Prize Winner 2008 In a few years’ time, those of us who suffered deportation to Nazi death camps will no longer be here. In France, I believe there are only two or three hundred of us left. When we disappear, we must find somebody to keep the memory alive. For me, deportation is a permanent obsession and it contributes to my thoughts on politics, society and life in general; and also to my thoughts on solidarity. Those of us who suffered deportation need to talk about it, even if only to exorcise this terrible experience and try to stop the errors leading to this tragedy ever being repeated. Do not forget that when we were released and returned to our homes, we had to struggle to reconstruct our lives, to create or recreate a family framework. In the case of France, seventy-five thousand Jews were deported; only two thousand five hundred returned. Today, there are only a few hundred of us; we have very little time left to transmit our memory. Historians must bear in mind the personal accounts of those of us who were witnesses because there is no other source of information as valuable as this. I find it surprising that, in recent years, the interest of historians and writers in their search to gain knowledge about the multi- ple aspects of Jewish deportation has gone beyond the more well known...
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