Le Vernet, Ariège
Memorial for the Le Vernet Internment Camp
|Intercommunality||Pays de Pamiers|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Grasa|
|Area1||5.59 km2 (2.16 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||09331 / 09700|
|Elevation||235–376 m (771–1,234 ft)
(avg. 261 m or 856 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Inhabitants of Le Vernet are called Vernétois.
It was the site of Camp Vernet, a concentration camp built in 1918. During World War II it was used by the Vichy authorities to intern "undesirable aliens", primarily European refugees, including Jews, and as a transit camp for detained Jews who were to be deported to Nazi labor and extermination camps.
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