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Simone VEIL

French Simone VEIL

born Simone JACOB

French lawyer and politician

Source :  Anne Marie VALENTINarielc1Astrid NOËLHenri Charles DAHLEMFranck FRANCOISEJacques MAYMuriel LEVY

Born: on July 13, 1927 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Died: on June 30, 2017 in Paris, France


Veil was born Simone Annie Liline Jacob, the daughter of a Jewish architect in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. In March 1944, Veil's family was deported, Simone, her mother and one sister, Milou, to Auschwitz-Birkenau then Bergen-Belsen where her mother Yvonne died shortly before the camp's 15 April 1945 liberation. Veil's father and brother also died; they are last known to have been sent on a transport to Lithuania. Veil's other sister, Denise, who had been arrested as a member of the Resistance survived her imprisonment in Ravensbrück. Milou died in a car crash in the 1950s. Veil returned to speak at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005 for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camps.

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