Project on The Vél D’Hiv Raid (30%) DUE 10/20
This project is based around a text that discusses the systematic use of state violence to terrorize children, women, and men. Read with caution and let me know if you would prefer to work on an alternative text.
For this project, you will be working closely with a text on one of the darkest chapters in French history during the Nazi Occupation: The Vél D’Hiv Raid. Between 16-17 July 1942, over 13.000 Jewish children, women, and men – designated “foreign-born” – were arrested by the French police, who were meant to protect them. They were handed over to the Gestapo and held prisoners at a sports stadium before being deported to death camps in Eastern Europe.
For this assignment, please:
Work with the required reading by Maurice Rajsfus: The Vél D’Hiv Raid: The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo, trans. Levi Laub (Los Angeles: DoppelHouse Press, 2017).
Read the book carefully. It is divided into two parts: 1) The foreword and the author’s introduction to, and analysis of, the raid (pp. ix-108), and 2) an appendix containing primary documents (108-142).
In a paper of no less than 1500 words (6 pages of double-spaced text, 12pt Times New Roman font), address the following:
What was the background to the Vél D’Hiv Raid and what does the text reveal about the victims’ experiences of arrest and detention?
How would you characterize the French police’s actions during the raid and what motivated them?
Using particularly the documents in the appendix (108-142), and any information you gained from other parts of the book, who was responsible for organizing the raid, and what mechanisms did they use?
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