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43° 17′ 18″ N 00° 45′ 09″ W. see PAU.
The first detention camp in France was set up there in 1939. Thirty kilometers west of Pau, Gurs is the site of one of France's largest concentration camps. Some 800 Jews died here during the winter of 1940. In July 1942, following an inspection by one of Adolph Eichmann's deputies, Gurs inmates were moved to Drancy outside Paris and then in 1942-1943, 6,000 of the prisoners were deported to death camps. First having intended for the Spanish republican refugees, it then received numerous Jews, before their departure for the Camp of Drancy and Auschwitz. The camp cemetery contains the graves of 1,200 Jews.Among the prisoners of this camp was Hannah Arendt. [January 2008] See http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/gurspic.html for a photograph for a 15 March 2001 commemoration held at Gurs restored cemetery. [January 2002]
BOOK: Bericht ueber die letzten Ruhestaetten der am 22.10.1940 nach Suedfrankreich deportierten badischen Juden (Report on the last peaceful resting places of Baden Jews who were deported to the South of France on 22.10.1940) by Baden Oberrat des Israeliten. Karlsruhe: 1958. 68 pages, German. S58B1656. Notes: 5617 names, 1940-1944, Holocaust alphabetical list by camps. Some lists include birth date and place. Submitted by Mathilde A. Tagger from her book Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an Annotated Bibliography . Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997. [January 2002]
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