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Friday, July 28, 2006

We were told that 10,000 Jews died building the road that led to Le Struthof, a concentration camp in the Alsace region of France. Nico and I climbed close to 10 miles of hill up this road, and I tried not to complain, as my suffering was minimal by comparison.
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Sorry for my lack of commentary...hopefully, the pictures speak for themselves.

My mother was not surprised that there was a concentration camp in France, and asked me if we visited any of the camps in Switzerland. Naturally, I thought my mother crazy, as Switzerland was supposed to be neutral.

January 26, 1998, Newsweek,
By ANDREW MURR AND TOM MASLAND; With SARAH ELLISON in Paris
The Swiss Halo Slips Again

THE MEN FARMED, BUILT ROADS or cut trees. Women cleaned and cooked for families. At night, they were confined to unheated barracks, where they slept on plank bunks padded only with loose straw. Armed guards beat workers, enforced rules against singing and threatened malcontents with deportation to Nazi Germany - and certain death. Occupied France? Try neutral Switzerland. "It was strictly a Jewish camp," said Michael Roth, 76, confirming this bleak picture of wartime.


Sweden, you would never let me down like this, would you?

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