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On July 31, 1944, the final transport of French Jews left the transit camp of Drancy in the northern suburbs of Paris carrying 325 children. It was bound for Auschwitz. That event, the 78th transport to leave France for the death camps, was com- memorated through July 19 at Paris's Gate du Nord train station. The station is hosting a photo exhibition entitled "The Last Transport, Jewish Chil- dren Deportees," which marks the final event commemorat- ing the 60th anniversaries of the deportations of some 73,000 Jews from France between 1942 and 1944. The exhibit, which shows hundreds of portraits of Jew- ish children, already has ap- peared in 18 railway stations across France and at the head office of the SNCF, the national railway company. The pictures are part of a vast collection of photographs and Holocaust archival mate- rial brought together by the French Holocaust survivors' organization, Sons and Daughters of French Jewish Deportees. 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A09 ?Mr maurlce]awnc e @ hotmafl.corn ~ ~ ,~ Commuters view an exhibit, "The Last Transport, Jewish the anniversary of the last transport of Jews from Paris to Nord train station in July. photo by Children Auschwitz, born wife Beate--who still evoke a painful memory, hagen to see a have spent decades seek- even 60 years later, claimingt ing and prosecuting Nazi "Ican'tstandtrains, smoke, "It was the first war criminals and the stations, even some kinds of saw when I got French collaborators who light," Simon Drucker said. was surprised," assisted them--the group Drucker was rounded-upknow there's has organized more than 80 at the Vel d'Hiver bicycle sta- anti-Semitism in commemorations over the dium in July 1942--where so I never past two years to mark the thousands of Jews fromsuch a thing departure of every transport the Paris region were held said he was very to the camps, before being deported to the pictures, Those events, mostly held Auschwitz---and he was one they had been atDrancybutalsoatfar-flung of a number of Holocaust a public place. provincial railway stations survivors explaining the "It's so andinternmentcampsacross significance of the photos to cate peoF France, generally have been interested passengers at Gare easy for people to modest affairs attended by a du Nord. hapF handful of local officials and Drucker said he remem-Reb activists of Klarsfeld's group, bered the clinical efficiency The group's obstinate of the transports, could bring the commitment to mark the "The trains left at ex- his exact date of each transport actly the right time," he Arielle has been important in per- said. "There was never a Paris was seeing sonalizing the horror of the derailment and they always drenastheyboarde deportations, but Klarsfeld arrived at Auschwitz at the London, and recognizes that the station right time." Charles Barron, at the photos. exhibitshgvebeenmosteffec- another French Holocaust "You see this tire inbringingthe subject to survivor who was liberated realize that a wider public, from Dachau in1945, said can be associated For Klarsfeld, who ap- he was particularly struck by tradictions," sht proached the railway corn- the contrast between his own about travel and pany to host the exhibitions deportation and the bustling there also has been in 2001, the choice of train nature of Gare du Nord at and dist stationswasbothalogicaland the start of France's summer For others a highly symbolic decision, holiday period this year. pictures( "There are thousands of "I remember the noise of a telling mark. people passing through these the steam trains, the whistles Axel stations every day, and most and the shunting of wagons," tory teacher from of those people would never he said. "Today, it's all so dif- see these exhibitions in mu- ferent.Youseehugebuiidings picture of seums," Kiarsfeld said. with millions of people pass- "I know the More importantly, he ingthrough."Nevertheless, it cause Iteach kids pointed out, was the central- remains"symbolicallyimpor- ' but for me it's ity of trains in the deaths of tant" to hold the exhibitions living memory millions of Jews during the at the stations, he said. grandfather Shoah. "Stations are a place for re- soldiers," he said. "More than anything, it is lease on the way to and from After it closes the train that evokes the route work. People sometimes have the exhibition of the martyr," he said. an hour to spare while they probably for Klarsfeld, who successfully wait around for a train," Bar- in public in pursued and brought to trial ronsaid."Ithinkit'sbetterdo- Jan. 27, markil Nazi war criminals like Klaus ing it here than in museums, Barbie and French officials where people can feel trapped of Auschwitz such as Maurice Papon and and they become indifferent. But as Klarsfeld Rene Bousquet, rejects claims Here they're more sensitive to this that the railway company it." As at other stations, the unlikel, be should be held responsible exhibit dominates the front In a booklet for providing the trains for entrance to Gare du Nord. 2002t the deportations. Given the station's function "We don't hold them guilty, as a principal destination for They had no choice as a pub- trans-European routes lic-owned company forced to and the departure point for are still among t carry out work by the Vichy London-bound trains, the government," Klarsfeld said. railway company decided to are thousands "Justice should be carried out host an additional exhibit in who survived forthosewholedtheanti-Jew- Englishinthewaitingareafor parents were ish round-ups.""We have nev- Eurostar trains crossing the er claimed anything against English Channel. through the the SNCF. That would be like David Rebibo, an Orthodox being trying French gendarmes or rabbifromphoenix, Ariz said not lose their German soldiers," he said. he was taken aback when he For some, though, trains arrived by train from Copen- be