A stone in memory of deported Jewish children vandalised in Joinville-le-Pont

A stone in memory of Jewish children deported from the town of Joinville-le-Pont in Val-de-Marne, near Paris, has been vandalised.

The mayor of the city, Olivier Dosne, announced the degradation on Twitter, declaring himself “shocked and scandalised” by this act, and affirming that he would do everything possible “so it does not happen again”.

He also filled out a complaint on behalf of the city.

The stone, inaugurated last year in partnership with the Association of Friends of the Foundation for the Memory of the Deportation as well as the Jewish Cultural and Worship Association of Joinville-le-Pont, pays tribute to the seven deported children of the city with their families between 1942 and 1944, “because they were born Jews”.

This desecration comes as ceremonies have multiplied in recent days throughout France to commemorate the Vel d’Hiv roundup that occurred on July 16 and 17, 1942.

“We will continue relentlessly our work of remembrance, which is increasingly necessary in the face of the emergence of new forms of violence and antisemitic acts,” said Olivier Dosne.

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