(Photo transmitted by the AMEJDAM (Association for the Memory of the Deported Jewish Children of the Alpes-Maritimes department)
Translated from the biography established by the AFMD (Friends of the Foundation for the Memory of Deportation from the Allier Department):
Janine Ida Lubetzki was born on July 25, 1932 at her parents’ home at n° 7 rue Jean Menans in the 19th district of Paris. Her father Albert Lubetzki was a doctor and commandant in the Garde Républicaine in Paris, and her mother Lucy née LÉVY was a housewife.
In 1942 her father was dismissed without compensation because he was Jewish. The family sought refuge in the Alpes-Maritimes department at Nice, where Janine was enrolled in the 6th grade and then in the 7th grade at the Lycée Calmette. (cf. below the extract from the register of the Lycée Calmette).
(Document below transmitted by the AMEJDAM)
According to the Billy municipal archives the LUBETZKI family arrived in Billy (Allier department) on March 15, 1944, where it resided on the rue des Remparts.
(Source of the document below: Billy Municipal Archives)
Her parents were arrested in Vichy on June 23, 1944 by the POINSOT Brigade of the French police and then released on the 27th. On June 28th they were summoned to the offices of the Gestapo and held prisoner.
Janine and her brother Jacques were arrested on July 7th in Billy by the Gestapo and joined their parents in Vichy.
They were interned first in Vichy and then in the Mal-Coiffée German military prison in Moulins.
The family was transferred on July 14, 1944 to Drancy and deported on July 31, 1944 from Drancy to Auschwitz in convoy n° 77.
In Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France, Serge Klarsfeld writes about convoy n° 77: “The number of deportees was 1300. This convoy 77 (…) hauled toward the Auschwitz gas chambers more than 300 children under the age of 18. (…) 291 men were selected with I.D. numbers B 3673 to B 3963; the same for 283 women (A 16457 to A 16739). In 1945 there were 209 survivors, of whom 141 were women”.
She died on October 15, 1944 at Auschwitz according to the public records of Paris’s 19th district and to those of the Billy municipality, and to the Journal Officiel n° 90 of April 17, 2009.
“Died for France”
Document below: Her name figures on the Billy War Memorial Monument. Photo: AFMD Allier
Document below: Her name figures on the plaque put up by the AMEJDAM at Nice’s Calmette High School on November 23, 2005. Photo: Michèle Merowka (Note: The above list is not exhaustive.)
“Died in deportation” according to the decree of the State Secretariat of Defense dated February 27, 2009, published in the Journal Officiel n° 90 of April 17, 2009.
– Archives of the Allier Department 1864 W 1, 1580 W 9, 996 W 123.02,
– Archives of the Puy-de-Dôme Department 908 W 237
– Family archives
– Archives of the Albert Calmette High School, provided by the AMEJDAM (Association for the Memory of the Jewish Children Deported from the Alpes-Maritimes Department)
– Municipal Archives of Billy (Allier department)
– Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center
– Public Records Bureau of Paris’s 19th district and of Billy (Allier department)
– Klarsfeld, Serge: List of transfers to Drancy
– Klarsfeld, Serge: Memorial to the Jewish Children Deported from France, Sons and Daughters of the Jews Deported from France 1994
– MemorialGenWeb Internet site
– Our thanks to Henri Breux, town coucillor of Billy, for his kind help.