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Holocaust Education Week presents

The Holocaust in France Begins: The Imposition of the Yellow Star

With Professor Michael Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 pm

France, May 29, 1942, a decree of the Military Occupation authorities in Paris:  As of June 7, all Jews over the age of six in the Occupied Zone were to wear a yellow star of David on the left side of their outer garment, the size of the palm of the hand, inscribed with the word Juif [Jew]. Jews had to pick up their stars from their local police station; each Jew had to have three stars; these were to be charged against their ration cards. With this chilling proclamation, the Germans began an ominous new phase of their persecution of Jews in France. This lecture tells the story of the imposition of the Yellow Star in France: the background to the decision; its link with the Final Solution; the problems with its imposition; reactions; and the place of the star in the Holocaust in France.

Contact Debbie Spiegel for more information: [email protected]




November 13, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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