A July 1944 leaflet calling on rail workers to rise up against the German occupiers
This leaflet, which calls for a work slow-down as a show of opposition against the occupying forces, was circulated among residents of a rail workers’ housing project in Arras, northern France, on September 27, 1942. The final sentence reads: “A handful of sand [in the axle box] inflicts as much damage as a bomb!”
To my beloved family,
Today I leave to work in Germany. Do not worry. I hope we will be together again soon.
©Shoah Memorial/Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center
Le Bourget Station, Sunday, July 18, 1943.
To my beloved,
We set off this morning, headed eastward. To you, to my friends, and to all the loved ones I leave behind, I send my thanks and best wishes.
Goodbye for now. May we meet again.
This report, written by a member of SNCF’s duty team in Lille and dated April 2, 1944, recounts the events of the Ascq massacre. The names of the 22 SNCF employees who lost their lives are listed on the back. It was discovered by a rail worker in her family’s archives.