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Le Vernet Internment Camp, France: report (1940)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1018

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Le Vernet Internment Camp, France: report (1940)

Date(s): 1940

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Bondy | François | b 1915 | journalist


Administrative/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.


Scope and content/abstract:

Report by François Bondy on conditions in Camp du Vernet, Ariège, France, 2 Aug 1940; with the following sub-headings: arrests; the stadium Roland Garros (camp); transports to other camps; Vernet, who is interned and why?; work; discipline; food; hygiene; 'the prison' and visits.


Language/scripts of material: French

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bondy family


Related material:

Publication note:

Cohen, Monique-Lise and Malo, Eric Les Camps du Sud-ouest de la France: Exclusion, Internement et Déportation, 1939-1944, Bibliothheque Historique Privat, 1994.


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2007

Internment camps | Humanitarian law
Jews | Religious groups
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Bondy | François | b 1915 | journalist

Corporate names
Le Vernet Internment Camp

France | Western Europe | Europe