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April 29, 2017 : Inauguration of the plaque "Promenade Boris Taslitzky" in Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe french flag
As announced by the Dépêche du Midi on Saturday 29 April 2017, Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe celebrated the memory of the deportees through the inauguration of the plaque "Promenade Boris Taslitzky".
"Lessons of History help us learn and have a better understanding of the present, to prepare for the future, without forgetting those who have died. It is our duty not to forget the causes that lead to war and the resulting consequences. It is our duty to remember what values have been transmitted to us by those who have gone before us. This is why Dominique Rondi-Sarrat, mayor of the city, proposed to the city council last December, to rename the square called Respect and the Good Entente, in "Promenade Boris Taslitzky".
This memorial plaque brings honor to the French painter Boris Taslitzky (1911-2005) of Russian origin, who entered the memory of the city, beyond the history of the Resistance in which he demonstrated his exemplary commitment. He was called up as a soldier and then was taken prisoner and managed to escape. He was arrested in November 1941, sentenced to two years, transferred to the prisons of Riom and Mauzac, and then to the center of Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe where, with the complicity of the other prisoners, he painted a set of frescoes. They earned him the name of « Master of Saint Sulpice », thanks to an article published in the journal "Regards" by Aragon. On July 31, 1944, he was deported to the camp of Buchenwald where he managed to produce some 200 drawings to witness life in the camp. Saturday, April 29, at 10 am, on the esplanade Georges Spénale, residents and visitors were cordially invited to come in to join this ceremony, in the presence of numerous personalities including : the Mayor Jean-Philippe Lantès, as a representative of associations : The Resistance and the Deportation, Mrs. Linda Gourjade deputy of the Tarn and Evelyne Taslitzky daughter of the artist who gave speeches. The musics of the Marseillaise and the Song of the Partisans were played and a minute's silence in memory of the dead deported was observed.
The inauguration continued in the room « Georges Spénale » with the presentation of an exhibition of reproductions of some works of Boris Taslitzky showing some of his sketches made at the camp of Buchenwald as well as some paintings. The exhibition of the documentary film "Fresques perdues, Mémoire vivante" ("Lost Frescoes, Living Memory") created in 2016 by the students of the Saint-Sulpician Secondary school Pierre-Suc and awarded by the National Competition of Resistance and Deportation, accompanied this exhibition.

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Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe, the plaque « Promenade Boris Taslitzky »
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Plaque and flower arrangements of the city of Saint-Sulpice-la-Pointe and Associations of the Résistance and the Deportation
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The speech by the deputy of the Tarn, Madame Linda Gourjade
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The speech by the Mayor, Madame Dominique Rondi-Serrat

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The speech by Monsieur Jean-Philippe Lantès as a representative of associations : The Resistance and the Deportation,
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The speech by Evelyne Taslitzky
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The flag holders
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Flag-raising ceremony

July 16 2017 : The French President, Emmanuel MACRON, mentioned the name of Boris TASLITZKY in his speech at the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv Holocaust roundup in Paris.

« …With the widespread renewal of religious warfare and ethnic conflicts in our time, intolerance and communitarianism, everything must be done so that humanity does not descend to the depths of debasement.
What happened to the deportees should serve as a valuable example. Those deportees, who, in the camps, were plunged into misery and in the shadow of death, and who rose above the survival instinct in which they were condemned to remain. They helped, fed, clothed their companions in misfortune. They even sometimes painted and drew like Léon DELABRE or Boris TASLITZKY to keep a diary, like Etty HILLESUM, to compose quartets or operas, like Germaine TILLION and using their memories to give conferences about Proust, Michel-Ange and natural sciences.
It was to realize that what was denied them was not simply life, little by little, slowly, it was their humanity, it was our humanity. And that day after day, no matter how exhausted, exhausted, defending our civilization, our history, our painters, a language or a philosophy, it was refusing to cede the slightest inch of this civilization, because what was at stake, it was not to survive, it was to live fully, totally, it was to defend there, in each of these places, that humanity of which each and each of these men were at that time the true depositaries. And we will never forget it … »

Extract of the speech is available online with the video on the CRIF website.