FRANCE: JEWS AND FORMER RESISTANCE FIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO EDOUARD TARIF WHO SAVED JEWS FROM DEPORTATION DURING...
- Title: FRANCE: JEWS AND FORMER RESISTANCE FIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO EDOUARD TARIF WHO SAVED JEWS FROM DEPORTATION DURING WORLD WAR II
- Date: 29th March 1998
- Summary: BORDEAUX, FRANCE (MARCH 29, 1998) (RTV -- ACCESS ALL) 1. PAN CEREMONY ON STATION PLATFORM. 0.10 2. SLV LAYING OF WREATH BY COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE. 0.15 3. SV RESISTANCE VETERANS HOLDING FLAGS. 0.19 4. SLV/LV/SV WREATH LAYING/ MORE OF CEREMONY / RESISTANCE VETERAN LOWERING FLAGS IN SALUTE (3 SHOTS) 0.45 5. MCU GERMAN CONSUL GENERAL OF BORDEAUX ERWIN STARNITZKY: "THESE COMMEMORATIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY FOR THE FRENCH BUT FOR ALL THOSE IN EUROPE, GERMANS INCLUDED, WHO LIVED THROUGH THAT TERRIBLE PERIOD AND MUST DO ALL IN THE POWER TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN." (FRENCH) 1.11 6. LV RAIL STATION. 1.14 7. SV/CU INTERIOR BLOCKHOUSE/ BULLET HOLES IN WALL (2 SHOTS) 1.24 8. CU INTERIOR TUNNEL WITH SIGN IN GERMAN READING: "MOVE AHEAD"/TRAVELLING SHOT IN TUNNEL (2 SHOTS) 1.45 9. PAN CROWD IN STATION FOR CEREMONY. 1.54 10. MCU OF MICHEL SLITINSKY, CIVIL PLAINTIFF IN PAPON TRIAL WHO NARROWLY ESCAPED DEPORTATION BUT LOST FAMILY MEMNERS IN DEATH CAMPS: "THEY WERE TAKEN TO THE STATION AND LEAD ONTO THE PLATFORM WHERE THEY WAITED FOR THE TRANSPORT TRAINS. THEY WERE LOADED ONTO FREIGHT CARS AND PASSENGER TRAINS DESTINED FOR TRANSIT CAMPS IN DRANCY OR COMPIEGNE." (FRENCH) 2.09 11. LAS OF RAILROAD TRACKS. 2.12 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BORDEAUX, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:02:13
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- Story Text: Jews and former Resistance fighters have gathered in Bordeaux to pay tribute to an employee of the state railway company who worked for the anti-Nazi Resistance and saved Jews from deportation during World War Two.
Edouard Tarif saved Jews from deportation as they were forced on trains at the Bordeaux rail station heading for the infamous Drancy transit camp outside Paris -- the last stop before Auschwitz.
He was arrested by the Nazis and himself deported to a death camp, where he perished.
The memorial ceremony on Sunday (March 29) came three days before a jury was scheduled to render its verdict on accused Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, on trial in Bordeaux for the last six months over his role in the arrest and deportation of Jews from southwest France in 1942-1944.
German Consul general of Bordeaux Erwin Starnitzky said ceremonies like this one were of extreme importance.
Nearly 1,700 Jews were sent from Bordeaux to Nazi death camps.Only a handful returned.
Michel Slitinsky, civil plaintiff in the papon trial told how the jews were loaded onto transport trains at the station.Slitinsky himself was almost deported.
The station contained a German blockhouse, where traces of bullets on the walls have led historians to speculate on whether the Nazis used it to hold, and perhaps execute, their prisoners.
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