The Jews of St Martin Vésubie in Literature and Film

To help you locate literature and films about the Jews of St Martin Vésubie, we have added a new page with a detailed list of these: The Jews of St Martin Vésubie in Literature and Film.

With as many as 18 books! Histories, autobiographies / biographies and novels. And also , films, TV and radio…

We also have an excellent review, written especially for this site by Eliane Markowski McKee, of the novel A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell (2005), in which St Martin Vésubie in 1943 plays an important role. Eliane describes how the book helped her discover her mother’s story.

Literature about the Jews of SMV 1943

 

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Weekend programme for 1-2 September 2018 – Marche de la Mémoire

Here is the programme for this year’s Marche de la Memoire on 1-2 September 2018, to commemorate the exodus of the Jews from St Martin Vésubie in 1943.
Pour la version en français, voir notre page Facebook: (or for more information, see our Facebook page): www.facebook.com/MarcheDeLaMemoire)

Saturday 1 September – Mediatheque of St Martin Vesubie

  • 10.00 Walk around sites of Jewish interest in St Martin Vésubie. Meet in front of the Mairie / Town Hall.
  • 15.00-17.00 Talks on the theme of the presence of the Jews in the Vesubie in 1943.   (Free access) 

Sunday 2 September – Marche de la Mémoire towards the Col de Cerise

Leave at 7.00am from the Chalet d’Accueil of the Parc Alpha (Wolf Park) for the Col de Cerise (2543m)
Note the climb of 1043m and the need for appropriate mountain wear (boots and clothing).

  • 12.00 Meet up with the Italians at the col/pass
  • 16.30 Reading of the names of the deported and of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations of Saint Martin Vesubie’ on the memorial stones at Saint Martin Vésubie, by the War Memorial

For information:
06 07 42 55 18 and www.facebook.com/MarcheDeLaMemoire.

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St Martin Vésubie Programme for 9-10 September

Here is the programme for this year’s Marche de la Memoire on 9-10 September 2017, to commemorate the exodus of the Jews from St Martin Vésubie in 1943.
Pour la version en français, voir notre page Facebook: (or for more information, see our Facebook page): www.facebook.com/MarcheDeLaMemoire)

Saturday 9 September – Salle Grinda in the Vesubia Sports Centre
14.30–18.45 (Free access)

  • 14.30 Inge Pénot-Eberhardt will retrace the story of Ludwig GREVE, German poet and writer, who, after having lived in St Martin-Vésubie escaped into Italy. In the presence of Cornelia GREVE, daughter of Ludwig, and her husband, their elder son Arnon will read extracts from the works of his grandfather, put into French.
  • 16.00 Testimony of survivors from the flight
    Child survivor – Fred Prysquel
    The Righteous Among the Nations of Saint Martin Vesubie

Sunday 10 September – Marche de la Mémoire towards the Col de Fenestre

Leave at 8.30am from the refuge at la Madone de Fenestre

  • 12.00 Meet up with the Italians at the col/pass
  • 16.00 Reading of the names of the deported and of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations of Saint Martin Vesubie’ on the memorial stones at Saint Martin Vésubie, by the War Memorial
  • 17.00 Refreshments offered by the Saint Martin Vésubie Town Hall

For information:
06 07 42 55 18
daniel.wancier@wanadoo.fr
Website: marchedelamemoire.wordpress.com

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10 September 2017 Marche Programme

Here is the programme for this year’s Marche de la Mémoire, to remember the flight of the Jews from St Martin Vésubie in 1943, most towards the Gesso Valley, and the capture of many who were deported to their death.

As usual, activities are organised in conjunction with the Marche, on both French and Italian sides, before – and after – meeting at the pass Col de Fenestre / Colle delle Fenestre, on the border with Italy.

2017 Programme

The programme in St Martin Vésubie is:

  • Friday 8 September:
    • Evening – Informal activities, meeting other participants of the Marche.
  • Saturday 9 September:
    • Morning – Informal activities, meeting other participants of the Marche, walk around the village.
    • 3pm – Survivors, their families and witnesses will talk about their experiences.
  • Sunday 10 September:
    • 8.30am – Meet at the Refuge de la Madonne de Fenestre, to start the walk.
    • 12am – International meetup at the Col de Fenestre, with walkers from the Italian side. Leave around 1.30pm to descend to the Refuge de la Madonne de Fenestre.
    • 4pm – Meet back in St Martin Vésubie, by the Memorials to the Deported and to the Righteous Among the Nations, to read their names.

If you have any questions, or want to tell us you are coming, please contact us.

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2016 Programme

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Joseph van Cleef, the only Dutch Jew of St Martin Vésubie

Before the Marche de la Mémoire last year, in September 2015, Herman Vuijsje presented the story of Joseph van Cleef, the only Dutch Jew who lived St Martin Vésubie, at a conference in the village’s excellent Médiathèque (library).

Joseph, originally from Amsterdam, worked in Brussels but fled to Nice when the Germans invaded Belgium in 1940. From Nice he came to St Martin Vésubie.

Vuijsje, sociologist and journalist, told us about Joseph van Cleef’s life and how he himself could identify with van Cleef.

Read the article by Vuijsje, developing the theme of his talk about Joseph van Cleef.

Joseph, his wife Agnes and their daughter Colette in St Martin Vésubie, July 1943

Joseph, his wife Agnes and their daughter Colette in St Martin Vésubie, July 1943

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Inauguration of new memorials on 25 September in St Martin Vésubie

(Voir le texte en français)

On Sunday 25 September 2016, two memorial stones will be inaugurated in St Martin Vésubie, next to the existing memorial to the Jews who lived there in 1943.

One memorial will display the names of Jews who were deported to their deaths after September’s German invasion, the other those of the “Righteous Among the Nations” of St Martin Vésubie, locals who risked their lives to save Jews.

More details of the event are not yet known.

The Marche de la Mémoire 2016 will be held, as planned, on Sunday 11 September 2016, meeting up at the Col de Cerise.


Inauguration de nouvelles stèles à St Martin Vésubie le dimanche 25 septembre

Le dimanche 25 septembre 2016 seront inaugurées deux stèles à St Martin Vésubie, à côté de l’actuelle commémorant les juifs qui vivaient dans le village en 1943.

Une stèle portera les noms des juifs déportés et tués après l’invasion allemande en septembre 1943, l’autre ceux des « Justes parmi les nations » de St Martin Vésubie, les villageois ayant risqués leurs vies pour sauver des juifs.

Les détails de l’événement ne sont pas actuellement connus.

La Marche de la Mémoire 2016 aura lieu, comme prévue, le dimanche 11 septembre 2016 au Col de Cerise.

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Talks & round-table “Remembering the Jews of St Martin Vésubie in 1943”

To complement the Marche de la Mémoire to be held the following day, talks and a round-table on Remembering the Jews of St Martin Vésubie in 1943 will be held on Saturday 5 September in St Martin Vésubie.

These will take place from 14.00 to 16.00 at the mediathèque (library) in St Martin Vésubie.

Speakers include:

  • Herman Vuijsje on Joseph van Cleef, the only Dutch Jew who lived St Martin Vésubie, deported
  • Steven Nemetz on Edouard Reiter, deported and survived
  • Eric Gili, local history expert

Comme complément pour la Marche de la Mémoire du lendemain, on prévoit des conférences et une table-ronde au sujet « Souvenirs du temps des juifs à St Martin Vésubie en 1943 » le samedi 5 septembre.

Entre 14h00-16h00 à la Médiathèque, St Martin Vésubie

Avec l’intervention de :

  • Herman Vuijsje sur Joseph van Cleef, le seul juif hollandais à St Martin Vésubie, déporté
  • Steven Nemetz sue Edouard Reiter, deporté et survivant
  • Eric Gili, expert en histoire local
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Official Programme for Marche de la Mémoire 2015

Here is the official programme for this year’s Marche de la Mémoire / Attraverso la Memoria on 6 September 2015.Attraverso la Memoria 2015

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Marche de la Mémoire 2015 / Attraverso la Memoria

Here is the programme for this year’s Marche.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

4 p.m. Limone Piemonte, Via Roma

In memory of Don Francesco Brondello, Righteous Among the Nations

Speeches by:

  • Chaya Roth – Author of the book “The Fate of the Holocaust Memories”
  • Alessandra Tugnoli – Principal Istituto di Istruzione Superiore G. Soleri – A. Bertoni of Saluzzo
  • Alberto Valmaggia – Regione Piemonte
  • Romano Fiandra – Parish church San Pietro of Limone
  • Sandro Capellaro – Association G. Biandrata of Saluzzo

Afterwards concert of the HOPE choir of the Diocese of Saluzzo, formed of about 100 people and conducted by Enrico Miolano.

9 p.m. Mountain refuge Soria Ellena (1830m)

Hamlet Praiet – San Giacomo di Entracque
concert of the group ACOUSTIC THEORY

(The refuge is halfway from the Col de Fenestre, for bookings +393402240558, +390171978382)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

International meeting “Through memory” at the Col de Fenestre / Colle delle Finestre
“Every memory is the present”

ITALY: 7.30 a.m.: Meeting point in San Giacomo di Entracque and departure (1250m)

Information +3934844 50451

FRANCE: 8.30 a.m.: meeting point Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre (past Saint Martin Vésubie, 1900m)

Information +33 6 07 42 55 18

12.00 a.m.: International meeting on the Col de Fenestre / Colle delle Finestre (2424m)

Walkers will gather together for speeches by:

  • Carlo Greppi, Università di Torino – historian and professor
  • Judy Roth, psychologist and psychoanalyst – New York University
  • Arianna Mattio, Paolo and Alessandro Aigotti – musicians
  • Daniel Wancier – President Yad Vashem, Nice.

Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. And protection in case of rain!

 

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