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January 27, 2018

January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Shoah.

The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem
Project closed in October 2017

About 600,000 Jews from Hungary were murdered during the Shoah. To give its name back to each of these men, women and children, the International Institute of Yad Vashem has launched a major research project.

Entry of the museum

Located in Nantua’s former prison, a town which received the Resistance Medal, the Museum of Resistance and Deportation of Ain retraces the history of World War II as experienced by residents of Ain.

Maison d'Izieu

A place of history and remembrance open to all, the Maison d’Izieu Memorial perpetuates the memory of the Jewish children and adults who found refuge there from May 1943 until the raid on 6th April 1944.

The Tuschinski of Amsterdam

The Tuschinski Theater of Amsterdam was born from a foolish dream; the one of Abraham Icek Tuschinski who left his shtetl from Poland and settled in Rotterdam where he decided to built a cathedral-like cinema hall. But the Nazis will make Tuschinski’s dream turn into a nightmare.

Singing in exile - A film by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro
Available on DVD - 2017

Aram and Virginia, an Armenian couple from the diaspora, transmit an ancestral tradition of chant which is in danger of disappearing to a troupe of European actors. They take the company on a trip to Anatolia where the Armenian civilization has been destroyed. 

If I ever come back. A French schoolgirl's letters from the Holocaust
Web documentary available on France 24 website

In 2010, a collection of wartime letters and photographs was discovered in an old cupboard at a high school in Paris. Forgotten for years, the letters were written by a former pupil, Louise Pikovsky, to her beloved school teacher during World War Two. 

Silent Saviours. A film by Christian Frey and Susanne Wittek

The German invasion in 1940 is the beginning of a struggle for life for the Jews in France. Still, 75% of them survive the holocaust. This documentary recounts the circumstances of their rescue – and the civil resistance of numerous “Silent Saviours” who made this possible.

Horrors of the Nazi Camps – A documentary by François Pomès
To be released in 2017

Upon rising to power in Germany in 1933, Adolf Hitler set up concentration camps to imprison opponents to his regime. In less than ten years, these already lethal camps gave way to death camps, the scenes of inhumanity and genocide unparalleled in human history.

Screenshot from Saving Auschwitz? A film by Jonathan Hayoun

For 70 years, the site of Auschwitz, which has become the dreadful incarnation of the Shoah, is a theater of diversions and confrontations, plundering, attempts to exploit and rewrite its history. Beyond the historical facts, this film revisits numerous questions: what to do with the Auschwitz site? What purpose should it serve?