75th anniversary of the departure of convoi 47 from Drancy-Bobigny Paris to Auschwitz
A ceremony is being held today at 12 noon (CET) at Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, to mark the 75th anniversary of the departure of convoi 47 from Drancy-Bobigny station on its 2-day journey to the death camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland.
This was the convoy on to which Moissey Kogan was herded (he was prisoner no. 290) along with 997 other Jews, all of them foreigners in France. In the group forced onto the cattle wagon were 499 males, 477 females and 22 indétérminés, of whom 175 were children. Only 10 people from this transport would survive the Holocaust.
Kogan had been held at Drancy transit camp, Paris, since 5 February 1943. He had been arrested on the Rue de Rennes the day before, when he left where he had been hiding to go in search for food.
The names of all of those on the transport will be read out today at the ceremony at Mémorial de la Shoah. Each transport is being commemorated in this way on its 75th anniversary.
For more information on the ceremonies to commemorate the various convoys from Drancy, click here.