The Children of Maison d’Izieu

Austrian Federal Chancellery (12/14/2009)

Under the aegis of Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, the photo exhibition, “The Children of Maison d’Izieu,” will be presented at numerous vocational schools across Austria until the end of 2010.

“Maison d’Izieu” – the children’s home in the French city located 80 km from Lyon accommodated more than 100 Jewish children of different nationalities from May 1943 to April 1944, whose parents had already been deported by the Nazis.

On April 6, 1944, 44 children – 7 from Vienna – and their educators were arrested under Klaus Barbie’s command, the head of the Gestapo in Lyon. With the exception of two children and the headmaster, who were shot in Reval (Estonia), the group was deported to Auschwitz. The children and their educators were gassed shortly after their arrival. Only one educator, who had returned from Auschwitz, and one adult, who had escaped upon arrest, survived.

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