|The memorial, positioned in front of a hotel building, |
viewed from the middle of the neighbouring roundabout.
|Rare pictures of the camp, sources: Archives départementales de la Gironde and romafacts.uni-graz.at.|
|A McDonald's fast-food restaurant is the latest addition to the area where the camp is thought to have been located.|
|The Rocade ringroad around junction 10.|
Exact figures as to how many were held at Beaudésert during the wartime period are difficult to come by. Some sources put the figure at 4,000, others estimate it may have been twice that number. The 1985 monument refers instead to the 1,200 “Resistants, political prisoners and Jews” who lost their lives either at Camp de Souge or subsequent to the forced stay at Camp de Drancy.
The gesture was a highly symbolic one, but the omission remains an open wound for members of the Roma community, the forgotten victims of an important wartime chapter which has itself almost been erased from history.
> This article was first published in 2013. In 2016, the plaque was revised once again and Invisible Bordeaux has recorded the changes here: http://invisiblebordeaux.blogspot.fr/2016/05/history-evolves-how-beaudesert.html