Event “The book of the 9000 deportees from France to Mittelbau-Dora”

Tuesday, November 3, 2021

In homage and in memory of the deportees who worked on the first V2 rocket engines, La Cité de l’Espace and its partners are supporting the launch of the dictionary “The book of the 9,000 deportees from France to Mittelbau-Dora”.

In the presence of Laurent Thiery, doctor of history and scientific director of the book and Robin Walter, author of the comics “KZ Dora” and “Von Braun”.

The camp of Mittelbau-Dora and the rockets V2

Following the bombardment of the Peenemünde research center in August 1943, Hitler decided to transfer the production of V2 rockets to an underground site with the exclusive use of concentration camp labor. The place becomes the Kommando Dora, placed under the authority of the SS with the complicity of scientists. Thousands of prisoners of all nationalities are sent there to set up the factory. Mittelwerk, intended for assembly of the missile. It is “Dora’s hell”, one of the deadliest places in the Nazi concentration camp system.

The book of the 9,000 deportees from France to Mittelbau-cover-DORADora

Of an exceptional size and weighing more than four kilos, this book is a real paper tomb. 8,971 lives are gathered there. Twenty-two years after the commitment made to the Center d’Histoire de The dome (Pas-de-Calais) with the survivors of Dora, the objective has finally been reached. Fruit of the mobilization without previous historians, professors, archivists, volunteers, the recovery of thousands of archives, this work fixes on paper the history of an entire section of the deportation in all its , its diversity, its complexity and its multiple.

During this day, a numbered copy of the book will be given by the Cherche-Midi Editeur to the families of the Haut-Garonnais deportees who passed through the DORA camp.

Learn more about The Book of the 9000 deportees from France to Mittelbau-Dora and the biographical dictionary project

On the program for the general public

  • For visitors to the Cité de l’Espace:

Find unique objects on life in Dora camp, made available for the occasion by the Departmental Museum of Resistance & Deportation.

At 4.30 p.m .: Robin Walter’s signing session in the L’Astralia lobby.coverKZDoracover-vonBraun
Learn more about Robin Walter

  • And in the evening, free conference on registration:

At 6.30 p.m. : Conference From Dora’s Hell to the Moon a question of ethics seen through the publication of DORA’s Book of 9,000 and the Von Braun comic book by Laurent Thiery and Robin Walter.
The conference will be followed by a signing session.

Click here to register for the conference on Tuesday, November 3 at 6.30 p.m.

Useful information

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021
  • Exhibition of objects from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Book signing at 4.30 p.m. Accessible with the entrance ticket to the Cité de l’Espace (Astralia Hall).
  • Conference at 6.30 p.m. Free entry upon registration. Click here to register for the conference
  • Also find a conference outside the walls at the opening of this event on Tuesday, November 2 at 6.30 p.m. at L’ISAE supaéro: From Wernher Von Braun to Elon Musk: ethical issues in space (more information to come)

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With the participation of : bandeau-DORa-partners

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