The Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, where almost 13,000 men, women, and children were arrested, interned, and deported to Auschwitz by French officials became a key event that changed public opinion and has since become a rallying cry for France to recognize what the Vichy government did. The events of the July 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup provide an example of how the French collaborated, resisted, and passively allowed the mass arrest and deportation of Jewish families. It also falls prey to the Gaullist myth of widespread resistance prevalent in public memory, and demonstrates a reluctance to face the crimes France committed.

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