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Yvette Lundy
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Bertrand Herz
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From 18 November to 30 December 2010
A temporary exhibition entitled Deportation to the Nazi camps is being presented in the hall. On loan from the National Office for Veterans and War Victims, it consists of boards which place the deportations within the historical and ideological context of Nazism, and pays particular attention to aspects of life in a concentration camp. Also on display are a number of objects which relate daily life in the Struthof concentration camp, in Alsace. 

A talk is also given by two eyewitnesses :
Monday 29 November 2010 from 13.30 to 16.00: Madame Yvette LUNDY, a resistance fighter who was deported to Ravensbrück camp.
Thursday 9 December 2010 from 13.30 to 16.00: Monsieur Bertrand HERZ, a Jewish child who was deported to Buchenwald camp.
A educational file and workshop are available to teachers.

On 29 November 2010, Yvette LUNDY, a deported resistance fighter, talked of her experiences in front of 100 or so school pupils in the Anne de Gaulle lecture hall. In an emotional atmosphere, the pupils and their teachers listened to the story of this lady who was 24 years of age at the outbreak of the Second World War. A teacher and town hall secretary in Gionges, in the Marne Region, she gradually got involved in the resistance along with her brothers and sister. For the Lundy family, the resistance is part of their history… 

" What gave me the strength to act was the fact that a French officer had broadcast a message of hope and expectancy on the radio from London." explained Yvette LUNDY. She covered 400 km by bicycle during the exodus in May 1940, then she returned to the Marne.
Under the Occupation, she provided identity papers and ration cards in particular to prisoners who had escaped from Bazancourt camp and helped by one of her brothers, as well as to a Jewish family in Paris. She also accommodated resistants of compulsory work service, resistance fighters on the run and allied crews helped by the Possum escape network. 
Caught and arrested on 19 June 1944, she was deported to Ravensbrück concentration a month later, after spending time in prison in Châlons-sur-Marne, and Romainville and Sarrebruck Neue Bremme camps. She was then transferred to Buchenwald camp on 16 November 1944 and was liberated on 21 April 1945.
Yvette LUNDY spoke of the horror in the camps with great discretion and intellectual integrity, reserving the right, at times, not to answer certain questions asked by pupils.
This commitment has been her course of action throughout her life : firstly as a resistance fighter during the Second World War, then in 1960, she decided to talk of her experiences to younger generations " on behalf of those who did not come back, to hand down their memory ", she explained with conviction. 

On 9 December 2010, Bertrand Herz gave a talk before an audience of attentive school pupils who were overawed at the words spoken by this deportee of the Shoah.
As a young 10 year old Parisian, he began to suffer from the anti-Semitic measures implemented in France by the Vichy government. In the face of the worsening situation for Jews from 1942, the Herz family fled to Toulouse, hoping to escape the German occupation, but to no avail.
On 5 July 1944, Bertrand Herz was arrested along with his parents by the German police : this was the beginning of humiliation and suffering for him and his loved ones. The male members of the family were deported to Buchenwald, and the female members to Ravensbrück.
When he came back, alone, from deportation in 1945, he had a desire to experience life and succeed in his studies.
" For 45 years – explains Monsieur Herz – I never talked about the deportations, and solely devoted myself to my family and professional life. When I retired in 1990, I decided to get involved with remembrance work …. Why ? The rise of the extreme Nazi right, the attack on the synagogue in rue Copernic, and the fact of being retired, and this is why I’m here with you, young pupils, who are the same age as I was when I was deported. 14!"

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