A few days after the commemoration of the Vél d’Hiv roundup, during which 13,152 foreign Jews who had taken refuge in France were arrested on July 16 and 17, 1942, the comparison is shocking. During Saturday’s protests against the extension of the health pass, which is due to be considered this week by parliament, several people sported the yellow star, drawing a parallel between the hunt for Jews by the Nazis during World War II and the limitation access to certain places for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not carried out a recent test.
Many political and community leaders, but also Holocaust survivors shared their indignation on Monday, July 19.
“Compare the health pass to the yellow star, it’s shameful, it’s immoral, monstrous, declared the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, Monday morning on BFM-TV. It is one thing for there to be a debate, but to say that it is a dictatorship is a scandal and to compare it with the yellow star is to go beyond all moral limits. “ Same reaction from the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, on France Info Monday morning : “These are comparisons that are absolutely abject. I make a difference, there are French people who doubt and there is a tiny minority who engage in these actions. ” « This confusion of memories is revolting and disgusts me ”, added, for his part, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, on France 2 Monday morning.
The center-right and the right share this indignation: “Nothing, ever, will be comparable to the Shoah, the yellow star or Auschwitz! “, said President The Republicans from the South region, Renaud Muselier. “The use of the yellow star by antivaccines is an absolute disgrace for our Republic. This despicable and shameful amalgam is to be vomited ”, wrote, for her part, the deputy for Seine-Maritime and member of Agir, Agnès Firmin Le Bodo.
The oppositions share this observation: “Should we remind these idiots that the yellow star was often the passport for extermination in the gas chambers?” We have the right to oppose but not like that! Alas, we have no vaccine against imbecility ”, tweeted the radical left-wing MP by La Rochelle Olivier Falorni. “This amalgamation with the yellow star or even the Nazi regime is indecent! Wearing this star resulted in a death sentence by the regime of the Third Reich ”, declared on the same social network Arnaud Ngatcha, deputy to the socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
On the far right of the political spectrum, if some political leaders were present in the demonstrations, such as Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and Florian Philippot, some voices were raised against this parallel. “To compare the health pass with the Shoah or the yellow star is completely disgusting. Some go crazy! “, declared the mayor of Béziers, Robert Ménard, who had said he was in favor of compulsory vaccination for all a few days earlier.
The words of a survivor of the Vél’d’Hiv roundup
Sunday, during a ceremony in Paris organized on the occasion of the National Day in memory of the victims of racist and anti-Semitic crimes of the French State and of homage to the “Righteous” of France, Joseph Szwarc, one of the last survivors of the Vél d’Hiv roundup, also shared his indignation.
“You can’t imagine how much it moved me, tears came to me, did he declare. This comparison is odious. (…) I wore the star, me, I know what it is, I still have it in my flesh. »
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Community associations outraged
Francis Kalifat, President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), declared, during the same ceremony of commemoration, to have been “Shocked and revolted by the indecent images of vaccine-recalcitrant sporting the yellow star and making shameful shortcuts.” It is an outrage to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. »
On France Info, Arno Klarsfeld, lawyer and member of the association of the Sons and Daughters of Jewish deportees from France, also denounced this parallel: “We may not want to be vaccinated, but no need to call for the greatest tragedies that have struck our planet to justify our unwillingness to be vaccinated. What worries me is that nobody reacts, that those who organize the demonstrations do not react and that the security service does not fire these people. “ And to add: “The yellow star was a passport that led to your death, while the vaccine saves lives. “
The Council of Ministers is due to adopt, this Monday, the bill comprising the new anti-Covid-19 measures, including the extension of the health pass, before a review this week by Parliament, under the pressure of the epidemic resumption in France . This pass should be extended on Wednesday at the entrance to all places of leisure and culture bringing together more than 50 people, before, ” early August “, to be extended to restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, medical establishments and long-distance transport.
For people who cannot be vaccinated, the government’s idea would be to allow them to obtain a health pass, despite their inability to be vaccinated, often for medical reasons, and without having to undergo regular tests.