When you arrive, enjoy the scenery. On your left you have the keep, rest of the medieval castle of La Roche Guyon. This building everyone knows it or almost, down there you have the hospital, because yes, it is less known, there is a hospital in La Roche Guyon ...
Located 70 kilometers west of Paris, in the town of Roche-Guyon, the establishment owes its creation to two legacies in favor of Public Assistance.
In 1850, Count Georges de la Rochefoucauld welcomed in a pavilion of his domain (current administration building) some convalescent children from the hospital for sick children. In 1854, he built a 111-bed pavilion (currently building La Rochefoucauld) to increase the accommodation capacity. At his death, the establishment is bequeathed to the Public Assistance and becomes the "House of convalescence of Roche-Guyon" (January 21, 1863).
The Fortin building (opened on December 8, 1890) comes from a legacy made in 1849 by Theodore-Marie Fortin in favor of Public Assistance for the poor children of Congregational schools in Paris (those part of a religious congregation).
In 1922, at the departure of the nuns in charge of teaching, the classes are replaced by rooms and the Fortin pavilion now houses convalescent children cardiac.
NB: Not being at all multilingual, I have "entrusted" my translations to Google, so if you see improvements to offer me, do not hesitate, I'm interested.
Justinien Blazy became accountant of the hospital in 1932. With the arrival of the German troops in 1940, the former director of the establishment resigns and Justinien Blazy is appointed to succeed him. His new leadership enabled him to protect and educate Jewish children hunted by the Nazi regime. With the raids of 1942, the offices of the Public Assistance of Paris sent him a dozen Jewish children whose one or both parents had been arrested or deported. But the regulation of the institution only allowed convalescence periods limited to 2 or 3 months. Justinian ensured that his Jewish proteges could stay there for "prolonged convalescences".
When Rommel set up his headquarters at La Roche-Guyon castle, German searches at the hospital became more frequent. Hilarie Fichtenbaum, a Jewish child hidden with her 3 cousins, remembers that during a search, the director gathered all the children involved in the infirmary, behind a sign displaying "Contagious Wing". When children could stay longer in the hospital, Justinian placed the older ones at the farmer's and the small ones at foster homes. (...) In fact, with the complicity of his staff, he hid and saved the lives of Jewish children but also of paratroopers allies.
In June 2017, Hospice Street (where the hospital street from time to time) became Justinien Blazy Street and the administrative pavilion was also renamed "Justinien Blazy"
In 1959, La Rochefoucauld Pavilion became a reception center for mentally retarded children and adolescents. The Fortin building continues to house convalescents cardiacs before also focusing on children with disabilities from 1973.
Since the 1970s, the La Roche-Guyon Hospital has integrated the progress made in the management of polyhandicap. The decrease in the number of beds (130 beds in 1970 against 80 currently) has improved the conditions of accommodation with the creation of day spaces.
En 2001, the hospital acquired an outdoor pool and a new kitchen. In 2003, the creation of the film "Under the sign of water", awarded with the Hélioscope prize, proves the benefits of water for hospitalized children in La Roche-Guyon.
for more information: https://yadvashem-france.org/medias/documents/170616_Inauguration%20Justinien%20Blazy_CP.pdf and http://huep.aphp.fr/larocheguyon/historique-de-lhopital/
I wanted to pay tribute to all the caregivers here and elsewhere, who work - most often in the shadows - for the well-being of patients. A number of them take this route to get to work, take advantage of this view that today you will share with them!
To get to the cache, you have several solutions
- the bike: it is the solution that will bring you closer to the cache, but which is also the sportiest because of the unevenness of the road
- walking: the best is to park upstairs, and to walk along the road on the other side of the fence, be careful in some places the path is a little steep.
It is probably possible to access the cache by crossing the valley from below the road, there are paths, but I think they are more used by quadripeds than bipeds, given the height of the branches at above these roads ... You can also park down and go up the road, but it seems to me that the difference in height is more important in this direction.
Anyway pay attention to the road which is very frequent and stay well on the way because the embankment is perpendicular. If you decide to do this cache with kids - which I do not recommend - watch out for them !
NB: Not being at all multilingual, I "entrusted" my translations to Google, so if you see improvements to offer me, do not hesitate, I'm interested.