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    Exhibition-workshop: Jewish Children in Paris, 1939-1945


    L’enfant et la Shoah-Yad Layeled France is an organization that offers Île-de-France schools an exhibition-workshop focusing on Jewish children in Paris during the Second World War. This new educational tool allows primary school teachers to approach the history of the Holocaust through rescue stories while taking the children’s sensitivity into account.

    Based on "They Were Only Children", a 2012 exhibition at the Paris City Hall, the thought-provoking workshop addresses ideas such as stigmatization, solidarity, rescue and memory.

    The exhibition kit includes: 

    • Ten 2m x 85 cm self-supporting panels,
    • Seven thematic and chronological folders, 
    • A teachers’ booklet including seven photocopiable activities for students.

    The students examine the 10 panels before working in groups on the documents in one of the seven pochettes folders. With a questionnaire, texts and definitions as their guide, they analyze archival documents, establishing connections between political and personal history.

    The activity ends with each group giving the rest of the class an oral report. This allows the students to share their reactions, increase their understanding of key concepts and gain insight into the lives of Jewish children during the war years.

    Echoing article 9 of the Charter for Secularism in School, Jewish Children in Paris, 1939-1945 recalls that "Secularism implies rejecting all forms of violence and discrimination".

    This exhibition-workshop received funding from the City of Paris, the Ministry of National Education and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah.



    L’enfant et la Shoah-Yad Layeled France
    46, rue Raffet 75016 Paris

    Tél : 01 45 24 20 36
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