By Peter Grose
The untold tale of an remoted French neighborhood that banded jointly to provide sanctuary and shield to over 3,500 Jews within the throes of worldwide struggle II
Nobody requested questions, not anyone demanded cash. Villagers lied, lined up, procrastinated and hid, yet most significantly they welcomed.
This is the tale of an remoted group within the top reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save lots of the lives of 3,500 Jews less than the noses of the Germans and the warriors of Vichy France. it's the tale of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke legislation and defied orders to guard the lives of overall strangers. it's the tale of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from great who solid 5,000 units of fake id papers to save lots of different Jews and French Resistance warring parties from the Nazi focus camps. And it's the tale of a neighborhood of fine women and men who provided sanctuary, kindness, cohesion and hospitality to humans in determined want, realizing complete good the results to themselves.
Powerful and richly informed, an outstanding position to conceal speaks to the goodness and braveness of standard humans in outstanding situations. eight pages of B&W illustrations
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SS CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND THE FORMATION OF DEST Demands placed on the German economy due to the Four Year Plan came about just as the SS had consolidated its power over the entire police force of Germany and was reorganizing the concentration camp system. When Hitler appointed Himmler to head the German police in June 1936, Theodor Eicke had already been working for two years on planning the construction of large institutions throughout the Reich based on the model of KL Dachau. These plans for consolidation and expansion were fully implemented after Himmler’s appointment.
Stutthof, a camp outside of Danzig, was made an independent KL in April 1942 and two brickworks were purchased there and nearby at Hopehill. Stutthof concentrated on brick production, while Hopehill also produced roofing tiles and ceramic pipes. The gravel works at Auschwitz, administered by DEST since 1940, was bought outright in March 1942. DEST also acquired the private quarries at Marburg in February 1942, though they were never fully developed. 1 million, almost 7 million of which came from the production at the granite works alone.
36 The GBI was the first and largest single patron of DEST during its entire history as a provider of building materials. Beginning with base payments in 1938 for pre-approved brick orders and additional payments through 1941 totaling over RM 9 million, no other customer was so crucial to DEST’s success. 37 Financing the enterprises at the camps rested largely on the advantage taken by the SS of the GBI’s need for an ever larger share of the building materials market in Germany. Bank credits and advances from the GBI allowed the SS to build and develop its ventures from 1938 to the beginning of the war in September 1939.