French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne Reveals her Jewish Father’s Holocaust Experience

Yesterday’s speech by French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne at a gathering of the Jewish umbrella group CRIF was a moving moment for the Jewish community. She detailed her father’s life as a Holocaust survivor and his eventual suicide when she was a little girl in her engrossing speech.

Borne described with tears in her eyes how her father was taken into custody by the Gestapo in 1943 and brought to the Polish Drancy camp, where just six of the 1,250 detainees would ever be released. She praised the new chairman Yonathan Arfi for accepting the position and congratulated former CRIF Chairman Francis Kalifat for his work against antisemitism during his six years in that position.

According to statistics, the number of antisemitic occurrences reported to the police had decreased by 25–40% from 2021–2019, respectively; however, PM Borne estimated that 80% of such incidents still go unreported, which is why more must be done to combat this disease on humanity. The prime minister called on followers of all faiths to unite in the pursuit of justice and equality as she wrapped up her remarks.

Borne offered personal anecdotes from other survivors’ relatives who were present at the ceremony in addition to her own description of her father’s experience during the Holocaust, demonstrating that even though many years have gone since the tragedy, its effects may still be felt today. This powerful message serves as a crucial reminder that, despite significant progress in the global fight against antisemitism and prejudice, much more needs to be done before we can really declare triumph over these forces of evil.

The admissions made by the French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne are a crucial reminder that even though something happened a long time ago, its effects can still be felt today. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, she is ensuring that future generations never forget what happened during such horrible periods in history by speaking up about her own experience and those around her. We owe Ms. Borne the deepest gratitude for shedding light on this profound discourse and for carrying on the fight for justice and equality for all.