Johanna LehrEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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The handling of bodies at the Drancy camp (1941–44)
From legal procedures to collective forgetting
in Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal

This article seeks to show that the bodies of Jewish people who died in the Drancy internment camp between 1941 and 1944 were handled on French soil in a doubly normalised manner: first by the police and judicial system, and then in relation to funeral arrangements. My findings thus contradict two preconceived ideas that have become firmly established in collective memory: first, the belief that the number who died in the Drancy camp is difficult to establish; and second, the belief that the remains of internees who died in the camp were subjected to rapid and anonymous burial in a large mass grave in Drancy municipal cemetery.

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