René Blum (ballet)

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René Blum (13 March 1878 – September 1942), theatrical impresario, was the founder of the Ballet de l'Opéra at Monte Carlo and was brother of Prime Minister Léon Blum.


Blum was born in Paris. He became director of plays and operettas at Monte Carlo in 1924.[1] In 1931, Blum was hired to form the Ballet of the Opera of Monte Carlo by Prince Louis II of Monaco.

Deportation and death[edit]

René Blum was arrested on 12 December 1941 in his Parisian home, among the first Jews to be arrested in Paris by the French Police. He was held in the Beaune-la-Rolande camp, then in the Drancy internment camp. On 23 September 1942 he was shipped to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he was killed by the Nazis.[2][3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Sorley Walker (1982), p.3
  2. ^ Gilbert, Martin (2002). The Routledge Atlas of the Holocaust. Psychology Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-415-28145-4. 
  3. ^ The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, Session 32 (Part 5 of 5), Georges Wellers testimony at the trial of Eichmann.