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White envelope with a large faux stamp. The illustration inside the stamp is of people waiting in a long line. Titled, "La Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv."Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: FDC French Stamp Commemorating La Rafle Du Vel'D'Hiv. Vel' d'Hiv Roundup (French: Rafle du Velodrome d'Hiver), commonly called the Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv: "Vel' d'Hiv Police Roundup/Raid", from the nickname for the Velodrome d'Hiver: "Winter Velodrome" (bicycling racetrack and stadium), was a Nazi decreed raid and mass arrest in Paris by the French police on 16 and 17 July 1942, code named Operation Vent Printanier ("Operation Spring Breeze"). The roundup was one of several aimed at reducing the Jewish population in occupied France. According to records of the Prefecture de Police, 13,152 victimes were arrested and held at the Velodrome d'Hiver and the Drancy Internment Camp nearby, then shipped by railway transports to Auschwitz for extermination. French President Jacques Chirac apologized in 1995 for the complicit role of French policemen and civil servants who served in the raid.
3 3/4 x 6 1/2''
FDC, France Stamp Commemoration, Rafle du Velodrome d'Hiver, Winter, Velodrome, Paris, Operation, Vent, printanie, r Operation Spring Breeze, Drancy, Auschwitz, Jacques Chirac
"French Commemoration of Vel' d'Hive Roundup Envelope" (1995). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2012.1.154.