Saturday, January 28, 2017

About the Washington Holocaust Memorial opened in 1993

My google search on the Washington Holocaust museum shows it was opened in 1993.  There is an entry there on Allen Ratcliffe my cousin born 24 April 1921.

The holcaust refers to  the  genocide against the Jews by the Germans under the nazi regime of Adolf Hitler 1933-1945. Allen Ratcliffe was not a jew; he was arrested in March 1943 at Marquette near Lille with Mr Damermont a postmaster in a network of the French resistance. The Damermonts and his daughter with whom  I assume Allen was friendly or in love,  assisted allied airmen to get back to Britain. Dammermont's daughter was in England at the time active for the resistance.

 They were first sent to Loos lez Lille prison then to  Sachsenhausen north of Berlin where the Germans  produced armements. There were up to 65000 prisoners there of which 1300 women in 1943.  When the Russians approached, the Germans evacuated the prisoners. Allen and Mr Damermont were sent to Struthof-Nachweiler in Alsace. Read more...

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