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Franz Francois Blum

Franz Francois Blum

Male 1908 - Abt 1943  (34 years)

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  • Name Franz Francois Blum 
    Born 5 Nov 1908  Saarbrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Hebrew Birth 11 Che 5669 
    Died Abt 1943  Majdanek CC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Deportation 6 Mar 1943  Majdanek CC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Deported on Transport 51 from Drancy to Majdanek
    Holocaust Prior to WWII he lived in Paris, France.

    During the war was in Le Bois d'oingt, France.
    Convoi N° 51, départ de Drancy le 06/03/1943 à Maidanek 

    At the end of January or the beginning of February, one of the village gendarmes came and wanted to speak to François. He presented him with a letter from the authorities in Lyon, where he was requested to be at a certain place in Lyon three days later. It was to do with the “travail obligatoire” (= forced labour), which meant that unemployed young French men were sent to work in Germany. The gendarme said: “I was really not supposed to hand over the letter until tomorrow, but now you have gained an extra day. You could flee to Switzerland (which was not very far away), as I don't know whether you, as a Jew, will really be sent for forced labour or somewhere else.”

    However we already knew that emigrants who tried to enter Switzerland without a permit - i.e. illegally - risked being shot, if the Swiss border guards caught them. But François said: “The war will be over in a few months, and so it will be better for me to comply with this order.” So that is what he did and he took some light luggage with him. A few days later we received a post card from him - I can't remember if it was from “Prison Saint Paul” or from “Fort Montluc”, and I can't remember either what he wrote on it. But anyway my father said: “I must get him out of there! I'm going to Lyon tomorrow.”

    I have no idea where my father had obtained the address of a cellar in Lyon, where false documents were issued - perhaps from our landlord. I don't know either whether it was a Jewish place or belonged to the Résistance. My father's idea was to obtain two false documents, one a work contract from the coffee trading house in Paris where François used to be employed and the second one a letter from the same company saying that they needed him urgently in the office. At least, that was the plan. It was only very much later that we heard that on the very day - 8th February 1943 - that my father went to the cellar, the Gestapo had appeared there and arrested everyone. So my father did not return home that evening. My mother kept on believing for many years that he would come back, but somehow I felt in bed that evening I would never see him again.  [1
    Holocaust Victim
    Occupation Journalist 
    Residence Saarbrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6430  Blank Family
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2010 

    Father Emil Blum,   b. 30 Aug 1868, Bobenheim, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1947, Le Bois d' Oingt, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Jenny Hirschler,   b. 21 Oct 1875, Mannheim, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1922, Saarbrucken, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married Yes - date unknown  
    Family ID F4121  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Nov 1908 - Saarbrucken, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Saarbrucken, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Franz Blum
    Franz Blum

    Holocaust Records
    Pages of Testimony of Blum, Franz
    Pages of Testimony of Blum, Franz
    Deportations from France
    Deportations from France
    Drancy Camp Overview
    Drancy Camp Overview
    Majdanek CC
    Majdanek CC

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Letter from, Dora Jenny Hirschler.


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