A new interactive map available online charts the locations of Jewish children that were deported from France to Nazi camps between July 1942 and August 1944. A total of 11,458 children are marked on the map.
The map compares the levels of persecution in different cities across France, with red dots varying in size depending on the number of children deported. It numbers 6,184 children deported from Paris, 172 from Nice, 220 from Marseilles, and 38 from Grenoble, among others. It also details names and ages of the children.
The exhibition is the work of Jean-Luc Pinol, a professor of contemporary history at the ENS Lyon, who collaborated with Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld. According to France 24, it is part of an exhibit on display outside the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers”, located in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement, from where 577 Jewish children were deported by the Nazis.
“It’s the power of the map, of visualizing what happened. The data was already online, but in an invisible way, which is to say charts and other not very handy ways,” news outlet The Local quoted Pinol as saying. “Over the last two days I have received plenty of messages from people saying ‘I entered my address and I was relieved to learn that no one was arrested here'. But other people have written to say they learned people were taken from their village.”