PARIS -- Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has apologized for his country's role in deporting Jews to Nazi camps during World War II, during a ceremony in which he unveiled a monument bearing the names of Monaco’s deported Jews.
Seventy-three years ago, under pressure from Nazi collaborationist leaders in France, Monaco police rounded up at least 66 Jews on the night of August 27-28, 1942, including those who had sought refuge from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land. They were among about 90 people deported from Monaco and Monegasque residents deported from neighboring France, during the war, according to a government report completed this year. Only nine survived.
"To say this today is to recognize a fact. To say it today, on this day, before you, is to ask forgiveness," Prince Albert said in a speech in presence of Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, who had encouraged Albert's father, Prince Regnier, to begin examining Monaco's role in the Second World War.