Well, continuing with the Klarsfelds hit a stumbling block as my hard drive died. A painful drawn out death - a reaction to the heat in NY, the British trains or French voltage...who knows. But the photos I wanted to post are in process, crossing fingers, of data recovery. Beth mentioned in her comment about Beate Klarsfeld's role in Klaus Barbie's extradition and case.
I'll have more on that but Monsieur Klarsfeld also graciously introduced me to Annette Zaidman, a woman who's the general secretary and on the board of L'Association des fils et filles des déportes Juifs de France since 1979 who he knew would have the DVD of Terroristes en Retraite - Terrorists in Retirement. A hard to come by film that was banned by French Television and took years before it was shown. I'd seen portions of it on French TV...was mesmerized about this little know story and glad my friend Sarah's father had made a VHS copy. Well, that VHS tape died, yes we still have old machines in our house, and I seem to be talking about the death of machines a lot, but now armed with introduction and her phone number from Monsieur Klarsfeld I made a date. She was busy, oh so busy as French people always are or getting bronzage on the Cote d'Azur...never in between.
But lo and behold the egg on my face when I sipped coffee at her spotless apartment and she told me yes, quite busy as she was gtting the Chevalier d'honneur medal next week with Monsieur Klarsfeld in attendance at the Mairie in the 11th arrondissement. She'd lived nearby since she was a child and her parents were taken during the war. And would I come? A ceremony in honor of all her work in establishing the organization and her tireless effort on behalf of young children orphaned, like herself, during the round ups.
Did I want to move heaven, change the Eurostar reservations and delay the British library tour...yes, but I couldn't. I'm forever honored at the inviatation. And the gift of her book...Mémoire d'une enfance volée Memoirs of a stolen childhood.
Cara - Tuesday