Adjacent photo from family archive.
Translated from the biography established by the AFMD (Friends of the Foundation for the Memory of Deportation from the Allier Department):
Camille Meyer was born on February 18, 1876 at his parents’ home at n° 95 rue de Famars in Valenciennes (Nord department).
He was the son of Samuel Meyer, a merchant, and of Caroline née DEUTSCH.
He was employed as a salesman in Reims when on December 5, 1901 he married Sara née LOEB at the town hall of Paris’s fifth district.
He was classified as apt for ancillary service by the Military Review Board of the Seine Department (Paris) on April 24, 1917. Called up on May 15, 1917, he was assigned to the 82nd Heavy Artillery Regiment. Reporting on May 16, 1917, he was transferred to the 13th Artillery Regiment before being exempted from service and taken off the check lists on June 15, 1917.
He and his wife left their home in the 18th district of Paris in October, 1941 to seek safety in the hamlet of Village Caché at Mayet-de-Montagne (Allier department).
He was arrested along with Israël, (known as Louis) PERELSTEIN on July 28, 1944 in Mayet-de-Montagne in circumstances reported in a police note dated June 22, 1953:
“On July 28, 1944 a group of militiamen headed by a certain M. GOUVERNEUR, a young man of the region subsequently condemned by the Moulins Criminal Court for his antinational activity, burst into Mayet-de-Montagne to carry out a roundup of all the Israelites”. (Source: Departmental archives of the Allier department 1580 W 9)
He figures on the list of Jews deported or arrested in the municipality of Mayet-de-Montagne.(Photo below, Source: Departmental archives of the Allier department 996 W 123.02)
He probably transited through Clermont-Ferrand before being interned at 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”.
He died on August 5, 1944 at Auschwitz according to the Valenciennes public records and the Journal Officiel n° 191 of August 18, 1995.
He was posthumously allotted Political Deportee card n° 1 101 16410 by a decision of the Ministry of War Veterans and Victims dated August 6, 1955.
His name, however, is not on the list of the deportees in convoy n° 77 established by Serge KLARSFELD, who mentions a convoy that departed from Clermont-Ferrand on August 22, 1944: “According to the archives of the War Veterans Ministry, a convoy supposedly left Clermont-Ferrand on August 22nd toward Auschwitz via Dijon and Sarrebruck, arriving at the beginning of September, 1944. Traces are in fact found in Auschwitz of the arrival of French Jews at that period, of which a selection left 39 men with I.D. numbers B 10 033 through 10 072 alive”.
(Source for the Photo of the Deportee card below: Paris Archives 3595 W 136)
“Died for France”
“Died in deportation” according to the decree of the Ministry for Veterans and Victims of War, dated July 3, 1995, published in the Journal Officiel n° 191 of August 18, 1995.
– Archives of the Allier Department 1864 W 1, 996 W 123.02, 1580 W 9, 996 W 122.01,
– Archives of the Nord Department 1 R 2500.20,
– Family Archives
– Paris Archives 3595 W 136
– Municipal Archives of le Mayet-de-Montagne 4 H 6, 4 H 10, 2 I 10,
– Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center
– Public Records Office of Valenciennes (Nord department) and of the 5th distrcit of Paris
– Klarsfeld, Serge: The Calendar of the Persecution of the Jews of France September 1942-August Fayard 2001
– Klarsfeld, Serge: Memorial to the Jews Deported from France: 1942-1944 FFDJF 1978
– MemorialGenWeb Internet site
– Ministry of the Veterans and Victims of War: death certificate provided by the family