Outrage over Paris death camp circus

21st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 20 (AFP) - Jewish leaders in France expressed outrage Thursday over the installation of a circus on the site of the Drancy detention centre outside Paris, through which 67,000 Jews passed en route to Nazi death camps.

PARIS, Nov 20 (AFP) - Jewish leaders in France expressed outrage Thursday over the installation of a circus on the site of the Drancy detention centre outside Paris, through which 67,000 Jews passed en route to Nazi death camps.

"The survivors will not be able to tolerate this outrage," said Henry Bulawko, vice president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF).

The pitching of a circus tent at the site "seems inconceivable to those who remember the horrors of Nazi occupation," Bulawko added in a statement, calling on officials to ask the Zavatta circus company to switch locations.

Between August 1941 and August 1944, 67,000 Jews were imprisoned at the Drancy detention centre and subsequently sent to their deaths at Nazi concentration camps. The site has been classified as a historical monument.

The circus, set up on Monday at Drancy, was expected to remain at the site until Sunday.

© AFP

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