Holocaust Odysseys: The Jews of Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Their Flight Through France and Italy

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Electronic books - 285 pages
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This book describes the ever-escalating dangers to which Jewish refugees and recent immigrants were subjected in France and Italy as the Holocaust marched forward. Susan Zuccotti uncovers a gruelling yet complex history of suffering and resilience through historical documents and personal testimonies from members of nine central and eastern European Jewish families, displaced to France in the opening years of the Second World War. The chronicle of their lives reveals clearly that these Jewish families experienced persecution of far greater intensity than citizen Jews or longtime resident immigrants. The odyssey of the nine families took them from hostile Vichy France to the Alpine village of Saint-Martin-Vesubie and on to Italy, where German soldiers rather than hoped-for Allied troops awaited. Those who crossed over to Italy were either deported to Auschwitz or forced to scatter in desperate flight. Zuccotti brings to light the agonies of the refugees' unstable lives, the evolution of French policies toward Jews, the reasons behind the flight from the relative idyll of Saint-Martin-Vesubie, and the choices that confronted those who arrived in Italy. Powerful archival evidence frames this history, while firsthand reports underscore the human cost of the nightmarish years of persecution.
 

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Contents

Part I The Journey Through France 19331943
13
Jewish Immigrants and Political Refugees in Belgium and Luxembourg before the War
22
Flight to Southern France May and June 1940
31
Jewish Refugees in the Unoccupied Zone May 1940 August 1942
40
Arrests in the Occupied Zone 1941 1942
51
Arrests in the Unoccupied Zone August 1942
58
Narrow Escapes and Subsequent Arrests in the Unoccupied Zone August November 1942
70
Part II Shared Experiences
83
Resistance
150
Traveling to and Hiding in Florence September and October 1943
157
Arrests and Narrow Escapes in Florence November 1943
165
Traveling to and Hiding in Rome January June 1944
176
Auschwitz
183
Part IV Aftermath
189
After the War
191
After the War
197

SaintMartinVesubie November 1942 September 1943
85
Crossing the Alps after September 8 1943
102
Those Who Stayed Behind
112
The First Week in Italy September 11 17 1943
119
The Roundup in Valdieri and Borgo San Dalmazzo September 18 1943
125
Part III Deportation From And Survival In ItalySeptember 1943 To The L iberation
133
Deportation from Borgo San Dalmazzo
135
Hiding in the Province of Cuneo
142
Journeys Back
209
Conclusion
218
Principal Witnesses
227
Abbreviations
231
Notes
233
Index
273
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About the author (2007)

Susan Zuccotti teaches modern European history at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of "The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival" (Nebraska 1996), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1987.

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