A place where history was made
The choice of Bobigny station
In June 1943, the arrival in France of a commando led by Aloïs Brunner, who just organized the deportation of 43,000 Jews from Salonika, will modify the deportation procedures.
First of all, he took control of the camp administration at Drancy; the French police from now on were only made responsible for external security. He modifies the departure 'ritual', to make it seem like a 'normal' transfer to the East, no more bodily searches, allowing luggage, etc. In July 1943, he chose Bobigny station to now form convoys for the 'final solution'.
Brunner undoubtedly considered the Bobigny station more practical (with its long siding track to which vehicles could access directly) and perhaps more discreet. In contrast to Le Bourget station, the passenger traffic there had been stopped. Not any further away from the Cité de la Muette, it also had the advantage of not changing the route of the convoys, those formed in Le Bourget-Drancy were already coming through Bobigny before joining the Eastern network. The Bobigny location was probably also less affected by the allied bombings than Le Bourget.