Loriol-sur-Drôme

Camp d'internement de Loriol

Monument inaugurated in 2017 on the site of the last building of the Poulenc factory, demolished in 2008. Between 1939 and 1941, the abandoned factory was used as an internment camp for people the Vichy regime considered "undesirables": Jews, foreigners, communists, Masons and people thought to represent a threat to law and order.

Between September 1939 and June 1940, mainly citizens of enemy powers were held here, such as a number of antinazi Germans who had fled the regime at home. The artist Max Ernst, for example, was held here.

The camp was reopened on August 20, 1940, to confine "foreign undesirables", i.e., individuals... Read more

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Address : Rue Francis Poulenc , 26270 Loriol-sur-Drôme
GPS Coordinates : 44.740587 , 4.80663
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  • Persecution
  • Internement
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  • Population movements
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Monument inaugurated in 2017 on the site of the last building of the Poulenc factory, demolished in 2008. Between 1939 and 1941, the abandoned factory was used as an internment camp for people the Vichy regime considered "undesirables": Jews, foreigners, communists, Masons and people thought to represent a threat to law and order.

Between September 1939 and June 1940, mainly citizens of enemy powers were held here, such as a number of antinazi Germans who had fled the regime at home. The artist Max Ernst, for example, was held here.

The camp was reopened on August 20, 1940, to confine "foreign undesirables", i.e., individuals under house arrest at the request of the Prefect, as well as "undesirables from the perspective of homeland security" (communist activists, etc.). The camp was finally closed on March 4, 1941.

Source: MAURAN H, GIRAUDIER V, SAUVAGEON J, SERRE R, Des Indésirables. Les camps de travail et d’internement durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale dans l’Ardèche et la Drôme, éditions Peuple Libre - Notre Temps, Valence, 1999. Denis Peschanski, Des étrangers dans la Résistance, Les éditions de l’Atelier, Paris, 2002.

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