Chirac honours France's rescuers of Jews

19th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

Paris (dpa) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday in Paris honoured thousands of French citizens who rescued Jews under the Nazi German occupation in the Second World War. In remembering the "righteous of France," Chirac unveiled in the crypt of the Pantheon an inscription with the names of 2,740 known men and women as well as honouring unknown persons who saved Jews from deportation to Nazi extermination camps. Participating in the ceremony was Simone Veil, the president of the France's Foundation

Paris (dpa) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday in Paris honoured thousands of French citizens who rescued Jews under the Nazi German occupation in the Second World War.

In remembering the "righteous of France," Chirac unveiled in the crypt of the Pantheon an inscription with the names of 2,740 known men and women as well as honouring unknown persons who saved Jews from deportation to Nazi extermination camps.

Participating in the ceremony was Simone Veil, the president of the France's Foundation for Holocaust Remembrance, who proposed the remembrance to Chirac.

Stressing at the ceremony the ongoing fight against racism and intolerance, Chirac at the beginning of his presidency in 1995 publicly accepted the French state's complicity in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi occupation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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