The experience and history of the Sonderkommando have been central to a number of crucial topics in post-war debates about the Shoah. Their proximity to the extermination process conferred a singular status to their testimonies. The conference considers this essential legacy.
The present anthology is the result of the 20th Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Concentration Camps that took place in Minsk, Belarus in April 2015. It assembles research papers of up-and-coming scholars from Western and Eastern Europe who, from different perspectives, deal with problems of political, economic and ideological processes and dynamics in the context of the German policy of occupation, annihilation and forced labour.
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.
The First World War marked a deep turmoil, from which the musical creation wasn’t forgotten. Performed by the Orchestra of the Campus of Orsay, Halphen’s Symphony in C minor and Ravel’s piano Concerto for the Left Hand allows us to better appreciate the stylistic diversity of the French musical production at that time.
Ivrit bedaka is a warm daily encounter with the Hebrew language that invites you, every day, every week, to explore the byways of a language that spans millennia. Ivrit bedaka is suitable for beginning and advanced Hebrew speakers.
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.
Documentary filmmaker Michaël Prazan’s captivating and personal detective story uncovers the truth behind his father’s childhood escape from Nazi-occupied France, which was made possible by a female smuggler with mysterious motivations.
Founded in 2004, CoExist is an educational project to fight racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination that relies on high school student mediators to deconstruct prejudice. UEJF and the Clubs Convergences founded the program, which UEJF, SOS Racisme and La Fabrique implement today.
For over 25 years, Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard has tirelessly recounted what she endured during the Second World War. How she and her mother escaped from the Vél’ d’Hiv’ after the round-up on July 16th, 1942, and how they were reported in May 1944, thrusting them into the maelstrom of Nazi torment.
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.
Created in 2013 by Shmuel Trigano, the Université Populaire du Judaïsme offers a series of courses in the fundamental disciplines of Jewish studies. Combining intellectual rigor while aiming to remain accessible to the largest number of people, these seminars are open to everyone who would like to discover or pursue their knowledge of Judaism.
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?
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.
The organization Yahad-In Unum and the Roma association Roma Dignity undertook an investigative work with the Roma who lived through the tragedy of the genocide between 1941 and 1944 in Estern Europe. The records published here offer a historical and legal perspective of the politic led by the Nazis against the Roma.
The movie reconstructs the history of the oldest ghetto of Europe, thanks to the memories and to the testimonies of witnesses, custodians of the memory and of the complex evolution of the Jewish community in Venice.
For 10 years, Amitié judéo-musulmane de France has been traveling around France to foster dialogue and dispel racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim stereotypes. The organization recruits and trains young people, who are tasked with the mission of convincing their counterparts in "sensitive" areas that Jews and Muslims have more in common than they think.
In Greece, the Jewish community, like rest of the population, has suffered the painful consequences of the economic crisis. Holocaust survivors are especially hard hit by the situation: the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah has decided to substantially increase the aid it sends them.
Aloumim is an Israeli organization grouping together children hidden in France during the Holocaust and the volunteers who work with them. It focuses on preserving memory and provides its neediest members with medical and social assistance.
This is the story of a trip across Eastern Anatolia, a part of Turkey that Arnaud Khayadjanian has never been to, although his forefathers used to live there. We explore places the Armenians came through during their deportation in 1915.
Since 2013, the former synagogue of Clermont-Ferrand has become a place dedicated to the history of the Righteous among the Nations of Auvergne and more generally to the history of Judaism in Auvergne. It organizes exhibitions, offers educational workshops and hosts conferences, debates and inter-religious meetings.
Imaginary feasts explore the most amazing documents: notebooks filled with cooking recipes written by prisoners and deportees in Nazi concentration camps, in the Soviet Gulag and in Japanese war camps. Philosophers, historians, psychoanalysts, neurologists, etc. analyze and try to understand what those extraordinary 'imaginary feasts' written in the heart of the concentration system-meant.
Founded in 1987, Amcha is the biggest Israeli organization offering survivors and their families psychological and social support and providing psychological follow-up at home.
The association Mémoires de l'avenir uses art as a universal toot to foster intercultural dialogue. Each year, its actions are oriented around a particular theme. In 2016-2017, the aim was to think about limits and the overcoming of these.
Jacques Saurel was born in Paris into a Jewish family that had recently emigrated from Poland. During the war, Jacques’ father was a prisoner-of-war, which for a time spared his family. However, in February 1944, Jacques, his brother, elder sister and mother were interned at Drancy for three months. They were deported with the status of “hostage” to Germany’s so-called “star camp” of Bergen-Belsen.
Between 1905 and 1939, Paris attracted artists from all over the world. In this melting pot centered on Montparnasse, one group set itself apart: the Jewish artists who came from Russia, Poland, and across Central Europe. Although their styles varied, a common fate united them: they had fled the anti-Semitic persecutions in their home countries.
The Fondation for the Memory of the Shoah and the Fondation pour l’innovation politique wished to identify the memories of the major events of the 20th century from which our present century will be formed. Over 31 000 young people from 31 countries were interviewed.
The Café des Psaumes is a social café, rue des Rosiers in Paris, offering cultural activities aiming to breathe new life into the neighborhood’s "Jewish soul". The café’s priority is seniors, Shoah survivors and immigrants from North Africa, but is open to all, fostering intergenerational bonds.
The Aladdin Project was initiated in 2009 by the FMS as an independent educational and cultural programme. Hundreds of academics as well as prominent members of the Arab-Muslim world have given their support to the project whose aim is to make available in Arabic, Persian and Turkish information about the Shoah, Judeo-Muslim relations and Jewish culture.
A group of people who survived Auschwitz and Birkenau, return to the main extermination and concentration camp set up by the Nazis. Produced by the Union of Auschwitz Deportees-France, this DVD-Rom displays 219 sequences of testimony. Computer-generated images, based on historical documents and the actual state of the buildings, bring us closer to the reality of the camps.
Claude Lanzmann filmed Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto, the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war. A rabbi in Vienna in 1938, he fought bitterly with Adolf Eichmann, managing to help around 121,000 Jews leave the country, and preventing the liquidation of the ghetto.