Anyway, this little park is divided into three parts. The first part features a tree descended from a tree that Anne used to admire near her hiding place. The second part is a renovation of a 17th-century garden adjacent to a mansion that is now a museum of Judaism (although there's no direct access between the museum and the park). The third part features a tiny garden maintained by a local non-profit association.
The park is completely surrounded by buildings, except for the small pedestrian street that leads to the entrance.
There are two memorials. One is a simple plaque near the site of the vélodrome (which was torn down in 1959), the other is a small memorial near the Seine River. It's ironic that the former location of the vélodrome is now occupied by the Interior Ministry, the same government entity that sent the police out to arrest all those Jews in 1942. The plaque and the flowers are on the boulevard de Grenelle and are very inconspicuous. The other memorial is even more secluded, hidden from the quai de Grenelle by bushes and at the end of a long plaza. It's almost as if … as if the government were trying to hide these memorials.
That two consecutive videos are linked to the Holocaust is a coincidence, though. I chose the Anne Frank Garden for a video simply because it is so sneakily hidden, and I chose the Vel' d'Hiv' memorial for a video because I was already filming in the same area and some people have asked me about the incident since the release of the movie Sarah's Key. I'm not one of those Holocaust fanatics setting up new memorials on every city block, but I do find the behavior of the French government in the Vel' d'Hiv' incident to be worse than despicable.