Survey: French youth unfamiliar with WWII Jewish roundup

Most young French people have never heard of the World War II roundup and deportation of Paris Jews, a survey shows.

Sixty percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 said they had never heard of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup of July 16-17, 1942, when French police rounded up some 13,000 Jews in and around Paris. They were held near the Eiffel Tower before being shipped for extermination to Auschwitz.

The Union of French Jewish Students commissioned the survey.

Among the general adult French population, 42 percent of respondents had never heard of the roundup.

An exhibit of police archives from the deportation, including photos, signatures and records of personal possessions from many of the victims, went on display this week in Paris. — jta n