Rachel, Holocaust survivor: “When we are no longer here, who will preach against anti-Semitism? »

Rachel, Holocaust survivor: “When we are no longer here, who will preach against anti-Semitism?  »


When we call Rachel Jedinak, 89, to arrange an appointment, she lowers her voice. “I’ll give you my address, but not too loudly, because I’m on the bus. » Since the Hamas attack in Israel, the almost nonagenarian has been more discreet than usual. Unconsciously, perhaps. Because this Holocaust survivor has lost none of her courage. She has been testifying for twenty-seven years in schools or at conferences, sometimes in front of hundreds of people, in Paris and in the provinces. With the Tlemcen committee, she installed more than 450 plaques in memory of the deportees, in schools throughout France attended by Nazi victims.

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Tirelessly, she repeats how she escaped two roundups, the “slap” her mother gave her to force her to flee and order her to live, the “farewell” to her parents deported to Auschwitz. A tear comes to the surface when she dwells on the memory. But she doesn’t flinch. “My knees don’t really hold up anymore, my body is tired, but not my head, nor my memory,” she smiles. With, in the heart, the hope of “sowing seeds” against anti-Semitism. And a fear: “When we are no longer here, who will do this work? »

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