Les Milles Camp: Let’s not forget

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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The grass is green and all around everything is quiet. It could be a lovely sunny day if it wasn’t the gloomy wagons standing up high on a hill beside a brick factory. As we come closer, the silence feels oppressive and the plant, sinister. You are about to enter a dark part of History in France.
Between 1939 and 1942, more than 10 000 people were interned in this building where living condition became harder and harder. These refugees came here to flee totalitarianism and persecutions raging through Europe. They were betrayed, handed over to the Nazis by Vichy government and deported from this camp to Auschwitz extermination camp.
Les Milles Camp is the only large internment and deportation camp in France, still intact and open to the public. It houses a large history museum with a strong focus on education and culture. Founded on the history surrounding the place, the museum’s action aims to increase the vigilance and responsibility of each of us in the face of racism, anti-Semitism and fanaticism of every kind.