Alexandre was one of 13,152 Jews rounded up and arrested in Paris from July 16 to 17, 1942 and sent to be murdered at Auschwitz. The French police cooperated with the Nazi government to carry out these raids and deportations as part of the so-called Final Solution, the Nazi plan to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews.
This photograph was taken at CERCIL a couple of years ago. CERCIL is a research center and museum in Orleans, France. It’s dedicated to the study of the French detention camps and the deportation of Jew in France. A room at CERCIL is devoted to the 4,400 children who were imprisoned at Vel d’Hiv.