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Personal Correspondence and Relief Aid in the Camps of Occupied France

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"The Thread that Binds:" Personal Correspondence and Relief Aid in the Camps of Occupied France, 1940-1944

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This talk examines how personal aid, particularly correspondence and parcels sent from family and friends, constituted a vital supplement to the inadequate rations and brutal conditions of the camps of the Occupied Zone of France. Thousands of personal letters were sent to and from the camps requesting relief provisions and assistance, forming an integral part of the complex survival strategies of internees. These entreaties and letters mobilized familial, local and international relief efforts, including aid from the Union Générale des Israélites de France (UGIF) and the Rue Amelot Committee, funded in part by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and international humanitarian organizations.

Dr. Stacy Veeder is Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, focusing on modern France, Holocaust and genocide studies, and gender studies. She is the recipient of the 2019 Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin / JDC Archives Fellowship. She is using the fellowship to analyze the correspondence and memoirs of marginalized and interned Jewish individuals from the camps of occupied France, highlighting their fervent attempts to advocate for the restoration of the rights and voice of themselves and their community.

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