Report on conditions in Camp du Vernet by Francois Bondy

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Alt. Identifiers
  • 70157
1 Jan 1940 - 31 Jan 1940
Level of Description
EHRI Partner

Biographical History

François Bondy was born in 1915, the son of Fritz Bondy, a Prague-born man of letters and of the theatre, who moved to Switzerland with his family on account of his wife's health. François became a journalist, was editor of a Parisian economics periodical in 1934 and member of the editorial team of a French political newspaper in 1935. He was interned in May 1940 in Camp du Vernet along with the author, Arthur Koestler. After his release he studied Germanistik in Paris and sociology in Zürich, where he also worked as an editor for Weltwoche. After the Berlin Congress on 'Cultural Freedom', 1950, in which he took an actve part, Bondy settled in Paris where he was the publisher of the cultural newspaper Preuves. He turned this information sheet into one of France's leading cultural periodicals. By the late 1960s he had become a leading writer on cultural affairs, appearing on radio and television and many leading European newspapers and periodicals.

Archival History

Nothing is known about the provenance

Scope and Content

Report on conditions in Camp du Vernet, Ariège , France, written by Francois Bondy. This typescript report about life in  Camp du Vernet, Ariège , France, is in French and dated 2 August 1940, Geneva. It has been annotated 'Not for Publication', 'Confidential'. Bondy also adds as a postscript that the facts contained in the report can be confirmed by the 'six Swiss who were repatriated with him'.

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