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Mr. Miliband honors the duty to remember

Mr. Miliband honors the duty to remember

Georges Miliband, a French war orphan of the Second World War is more than grateful for the assistance of American soldiers who fought on French soil for the liberation of France. Mr.Miliband feels that it is his duty to honor these veterans. This is why he has actively participated in organizing one of the last ceremonies organized by the Consulate. Mr Miliband tells us here the reasons why there is duty to remember.

An important ceremony was held on the morning of May 17th 2011 at Harbour’s Edge located in Delray Beach, Florida.

During this ceremony, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul general of France in Miami and Nicole Hirsh, Delegate of the "Assemblée des Français de l’Etranger" awarded the Insignias of the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor to fourteen U.S. veterans who participated in the landing operations and fought for the liberation of France.

The ceremony was organized with the active participation of Mr. Georges Miliband, a French citizen, war orphan of the Second World War.

More than grateful for the assistance of American soldiers who fought on French soil for the liberation of France, Mr. Miliband considers that it his duty to honor these veterans.

Mr. Miliband is a son of a widow mother of four children and the only survivor of the family who suffered a tragic fate.

On July 15th of 1942, in the afternoon, his mother led Georges, who at the time was 12 years old, into an institute run by Madame Vallon, who organized a summer camp in the suburbs of Paris. He was supposed to stay there for only two weeks while his mother remained alone with her three daughters with 10, 8 and 4 years of age.

Yet, at dawn, of July 16th of 1942, the next day, a large scale roundup of Jews was launched at the heart of Paris. The Vichy regime in France mobilized the French police to participate in this operation.

George’s mother and his three sisters were victims of the mass arrest of French Jews that took place in France during World War II, better known as "the Vel d’Hiv roundup."

Georges still on vacation is sent by Madame Vallon to Paris to see where his mother and sisters are. He discovered his apartment, which had been sealed by the police, vandalized and ransacked.

Georges returned to Mrs. Vallon’s place. Instead of staying there for the arranged two weeks he remained at her place until the end of the war and left this helpful woman in 1947.

It was only after the war that George learned that his mother along with his three younger sisters died at Auschwitz extermination camp towards the end of August of the year 1942.

Georges Miliband nowadays lives in Florida. He worked for thirty-five years at the consulate general of France in New York. It was his first job and only one in the United States.

The consulate is grateful for his testimony and its effective participation in organizing the memorial ceremony held last May in the nursing home, Harbour’s Edge, in Delray Beach.

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