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By Susannah Patton and Susannah Patton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 3, 1997
PARIS -- In 1942, when he was 17, Michel Slitinsky fled the French police, who were searching for Jews in the city of Bordeaux. He escaped by hiding on rooftops, but his father and other Jews there were less fortunate: They were captured, deported and died in German concentration camps.Slitinsky ever since has sought to find and bring to justice the person he believed responsible for his father's death. After a 15-year legal battle, Slitinsky and 49 other families of Holocaust victims are about to encounter him in court.
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February 19, 2007
ALFRED DESIO, 74 Dancer, choreographer Dancer and choreographer Alfred Desio, a Broadway veteran who invented a form of electronically enhanced tap dancing called Tap-Tronics, died Wednesday. Mr. Desio died of complications of bladder cancer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife and dance collaborator, Louise Reichlin, said Friday. Mr. Desio created Tap-Tronics in the 1980s, a concept that allows tap dancers to make their own music by means of microphones in their shoes.
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October 21, 1997
ONE OF THE MOST solemn memorials to the Holocaust lies in the heart of Paris. The visitor descends steep, narrow steps to a mausoleum-like chamber dedicated to the French citizens, mostly Jews, exported to Germany for extermination during World War II. That was the Deportation.The comfortable assumption was that it was all the act of hated German occupiers. This is now challenged in the trial of Maurice Papon for organizing the deportation of 1,560 Jews for the subservient French government at Vichy.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 19, 2002
PARIS - Maurice Papon, the most prominent Frenchman ever to be brought to justice for Nazi war crimes, was allowed to walk free from prison yesterday because of old age and poor health. In a stunning reversal, a French appeals court ordered the release yesterday of the 92-year-old war criminal, who was serving a 10-year sentence for approving the deportation of more than 1,500 Jews while he was a police chief serving Vichy, the Nazi puppet state. The decision was immediately hailed by Papon's lawyers as a victory and a vindication, and condemned by those who had worked long and hard to put him behind bars.
NEWS
February 19, 2007
ALFRED DESIO, 74 Dancer, choreographer Dancer and choreographer Alfred Desio, a Broadway veteran who invented a form of electronically enhanced tap dancing called Tap-Tronics, died Wednesday. Mr. Desio died of complications of bladder cancer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife and dance collaborator, Louise Reichlin, said Friday. Mr. Desio created Tap-Tronics in the 1980s, a concept that allows tap dancers to make their own music by means of microphones in their shoes.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 19, 2002
PARIS - Maurice Papon, the most prominent Frenchman ever to be brought to justice for Nazi war crimes, was allowed to walk free from prison yesterday because of old age and poor health. In a stunning reversal, a French appeals court ordered the release yesterday of the 92-year-old war criminal, who was serving a 10-year sentence for approving the deportation of more than 1,500 Jews while he was a police chief serving Vichy, the Nazi puppet state. The decision was immediately hailed by Papon's lawyers as a victory and a vindication, and condemned by those who had worked long and hard to put him behind bars.
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By Jack Fruchtman Jr | March 15, 1998
ANTI-SEMITISM and collaboration with the Nazis have long haunted France. Despite the crisis in Iraq and President Clinton's troubles, the big news occupying French attention is France and its Jews.Articles in every French newspaper recently commemorated the anniversary of the publication of "J'Accuse," Emile Zola's famous defense of army Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew. Prime Minister Lionel Jospin even made a special trip to the Pantheon ** to pay homage to the great writer's remains.And every day, the readers of French newspapers follow the trial of 87-year-old Maurice Papon, the French prefect in Bordeaux accused of sending more than 1,560 Jewish men, women and children to their deaths in Auschwitz during World War II.Zola brought enmity on himself when he used his great prestige to defend Dreyfus, who four years earlier had been convicted on trumped-up charges of providing German agents in France with state documents.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 26, 2002
PARIS - The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that an aged Nazi collaborator, Maurice Papon, was denied a fair trial when France refused to allow him to appeal a 1998 conviction for war crimes stemming from his involvement in the wartime deportation of Jews to German death camps. Attorneys for Papon, 91, who is serving a 10-year sentence in La Sante prison in Paris, said they would take the case to France's highest appeals court and, in the meantime, would seek Papon's immediate release.
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By William Pfaff | October 7, 1997
PARIS -- This week trial begins in Bordeaux of Maurice Papon, minister in the French governments of Charles de Gaulle and Valery Giscard d'Estaing, charged with complicity in crimes against humanity. It is the latest, and no doubt the last, of the trials resulting from the Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II.Mr. Papon, now 87, was deputy to the Vichy prefect in Bordeaux, and among other duties was put in charge of "Jewish questions." He organized the arrest and transfer to camps in France of thousands of French and foreign Jews.
NEWS
March 23, 2001
Britain's Blair likely to call elections despite epidemic LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor government gave its strongest signal yet yesterday that it will call a general election for May 3 despite a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic ravaging the countryside. With speculation rife that the first Thursday in May is the date Blair favors to make his bid for a second term, a senior Cabinet minister added fuel to the fire by confirming that no plans had been made to delay local elections that day. Since the date for local elections is set by law, emergency legislation would have to be passed by Parliament to postpone them.
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By Jack Fruchtman Jr | March 15, 1998
ANTI-SEMITISM and collaboration with the Nazis have long haunted France. Despite the crisis in Iraq and President Clinton's troubles, the big news occupying French attention is France and its Jews.Articles in every French newspaper recently commemorated the anniversary of the publication of "J'Accuse," Emile Zola's famous defense of army Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew. Prime Minister Lionel Jospin even made a special trip to the Pantheon ** to pay homage to the great writer's remains.And every day, the readers of French newspapers follow the trial of 87-year-old Maurice Papon, the French prefect in Bordeaux accused of sending more than 1,560 Jewish men, women and children to their deaths in Auschwitz during World War II.Zola brought enmity on himself when he used his great prestige to defend Dreyfus, who four years earlier had been convicted on trumped-up charges of providing German agents in France with state documents.
NEWS
October 21, 1997
ONE OF THE MOST solemn memorials to the Holocaust lies in the heart of Paris. The visitor descends steep, narrow steps to a mausoleum-like chamber dedicated to the French citizens, mostly Jews, exported to Germany for extermination during World War II. That was the Deportation.The comfortable assumption was that it was all the act of hated German occupiers. This is now challenged in the trial of Maurice Papon for organizing the deportation of 1,560 Jews for the subservient French government at Vichy.
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By Susannah Patton and Susannah Patton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 3, 1997
PARIS -- In 1942, when he was 17, Michel Slitinsky fled the French police, who were searching for Jews in the city of Bordeaux. He escaped by hiding on rooftops, but his father and other Jews there were less fortunate: They were captured, deported and died in German concentration camps.Slitinsky ever since has sought to find and bring to justice the person he believed responsible for his father's death. After a 15-year legal battle, Slitinsky and 49 other families of Holocaust victims are about to encounter him in court.
NEWS
By William Pfaff | April 7, 1998
PARIS -- The verdict in France's trial of Maurice Papon for complicity in crimes against humanity -- "guilty," but with a sentence of just 10 years -- was apologetic, not Solomonic. It followed from the realization by the jury and by much of the public that they had the wrong man.They wanted a man of recognizable evil, defiant in his crimes or contemptible in his evasions. What they got was an arrogant old man whose crime was to have been a careerist.While the jury convicted him of the charge that had been brought, they did not impose the full possible sentence, life imprisonment, or the 20 years in prison that the prosecutor demanded.
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September 22, 2002
The World French and Spanish police arrested Basque terrorist suspects Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi and Ainhoa Mugica as the couple left a grocery store near Bordeaux, France. An al-Qaida suspect arrested in Pakistan has been tied to the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, said Pakistani police. North Korean President Kim Jong Il confessed that his country kidnapped 11 Japanese citizens between 1977 and 1983 so they could teach Japanese language and culture to spies.
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