Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ticket to ride

parisMonument_250.jpgOn June 7th a French court ruled that the state and state railroad were culpable in the deportation of Jewish citizens of France during the Nazi occupation of WWII.

"Just doing my job" didn't fly. They're on the hook to pay damages to the victims' families.

How many folks were deported? Next time you're in Paris seek out the small, submerged monument just behind the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité.

To simply and forcefully convey the vastness of the population who were given tickets to ride during this time frame, they've represented each individual with a single quartz crystal within two long walls behind bars.

They're backlit, so you can try to count them if you have the time, the precision, and if you can bear the grief.

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation »

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