Clockmender Oscar Rosen and his wife Rachel on Convoy 62, November 1943 | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

What did you think, as you and Rachelsat on the floor of the cattle truckas it left Paris?
Did you think of the watchesand clocks you had mended ?
Did you think of the tiny springsand wheels? You with your magnifying glassin your eye poring over the worksso that a Monsieur or a Madame could tell the time, correct to the exact second?
Did you think of the smell of the seaand the push of a boat againstthe waves? How you and Rachelwould stand on the deckthe wind in your facesas you sailed away?
Did you lookthrough the gaps in the slatson the side of the truck?
Did you see farmers in fields?Women…

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Martin Rozen (1890-1944) | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I thought there was a way in which I could simplify my previous blog about Martin Rozen so that it’s more stark. It may be too simplified….(trying to find ways of telling these things for different audiences…)

Martin Rozen (1890-1944), my father’s uncle

On January 31 1944
at 2.30 in the morning
in a village in France
4 policemen knock on the door
of a woman
who has several lodgers in her house.

They take away one of them, a man
who has done nothing wrong.

They take him to a nearby town
to put him with 30 others
who have done nothing wrong.

He is taken away with them
and put on…

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Martin Rozen (1890-1944) | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I thought there was a way in which I could simplify my previous blog about Martin Rozen so that it’s more stark. It may be too simplified….(trying to find ways of telling these things for different audiences…)

Martin Rozen (1890-1944), my father’s uncle

On January 31 1944
at 2.30 in the morning
in a village in France
4 policemen knock on the door
of a woman
who has several lodgers in her house.

They take away one of them, a man
who has done nothing wrong.

They take him to a nearby town
to put him with 30 others
who have done nothing wrong.

He is taken away with them
and put on…

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What happens when fascists and Nazis take over | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Martin Rozen

There is a report in the archives of the

‘département’ of the Vendée in western France

which says that:

on 31 January 1944,

officers Salomon, Mazouin, and Cabanetos

under command of Adjutant Le Papu,

from the Fontanay-le-Comte station,

in the Sainte-Hermine Brigade

acting on instructions from

Prefect Monsieur Gaston Jammet

according to the ordinance of Jan 20 1944

called at 2.30 in the morning

at the living quarters of Martin Rozen

in a property owned by Mme Bobières née Meunier

in the village of Sainte-Hermine in the Vendée.

The officers say in their…

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Reading for Pleasure – 6 free online resources | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

1.

http://bit.ly/2qM4i2Z

This is a ‘matrix’ of questions to help children talk about aspects of a book, a passage, a poem or any text.

2.

http://bit.ly/2C3L2SB

This is the Open University’s wonderful site to encourage and set up reading for pleasure practices in schools.

3.

http://bit.ly/2hPfl3z

This is the National Union of Teachers’ excellent booklet on reading for pleasure.

4….

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Directive from German ‘Security Police’ to remove Jews from Poitiers Jan 1944 | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

I’ve put this up because a) it was the local directive that would prove fatal for my father’s uncle and b) because it gives us all an insight into the methods and processes of the Nazi genocide machine. Note the precision about logistics but the lie about Jews’ supposed collective guilt. Remember it’s the Nazis who are the illegitimate occupying army. This command went from the regional prefect to the local prefect to the police who arrested 31 Jews and shipped them to Drancy, to Paris and then Auschwitz. Note also it’s ‘of all nationalities’ by this point. These commands had been directed to…

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Chain of command | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

Hitler wanted to remove and eliminate Jews from Germany and from Europe.
In his power elite, there was Himmler who was head of the SS, an ‘elite’ corps whose job was in part to implement all ‘security’ arrangements.
Eichmann was one of Himmler’s officers who implemented the ‘idea’ of eliminating Jews in various parts of Europe, including France.
Knochen and Oberg were the main officers in charge of implementing the eliminating of Jews from France.
Laval was the ‘chief of government’ for the Vichy regime and who did what he could to carry out Nazi ideas and instructions.
Bousquet and then…

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