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French Jewish group raises funds for flooded town that hid Jews in Holocaust

BNVCA collects $1,500 for residents of St. Martin de Vesubie; some 300 Jewish families were hidden there in WWII, although most were ultimately killed

A damaged house is pictured after floods in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France, Oct.6, 2020 (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
A damaged house is pictured after floods in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France, Oct.6, 2020 (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

JTA — A French Jewish organization is raising funds to help residents of a flooded town where many locals tried to save Jews from the Holocaust.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, has collected $1,500 for the people of St. Martin de Vesubie, where multiple homes were destroyed in a flash flood on October 2.

In 1943, some 300 Jewish families were hidden in St. Martin de Vesubie, a small community near the Italian border. Most were apprehended anyway and sent to their deaths by the Nazis and their Italian allies.

“BNVCA remembers the courage and solidarity that resulted in hundreds of Jewish refugees being sheltered during World War II at St. Martin de Vesubie,” BNVCA wrote in a statement.

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