This Sunday my friend Naftali, who came from a Polish, Jewish, Communist family (he says already in France he had three strikes against him) took me to Saint Xavier church in Paris. Naftali, himself a Resistant, who I've written about before, has introduced me to many living Resistants but surprised me when he picked me and said let's go to Mass. This was a Catholic mass - full on two hours in Latin with singing and a procession in honor of Abbé Roger Derry who had been a priest at this church. In 1941 the Germans discovered that he worked with the Resistance and deported him to Cologne. In 1944 they decapitated him.
Right after the long mass Naftali, always one on a mission, took me to St. Roch church over on the Right bank and showed me the tribute to another Catholic priest from that Church. On the wall was a memorial 'the Wall of Deportation' put up by de Gaulle's niece and Konrad Adenauer to the Camp victims. Because the plaque was put up in the 1957 the numbers are much less than we know now.
Cara - Tuesday