The committee reviews proposals for memorial initiatives (commemorations, plaques, markers, etc.) and projects (films, books, exhibitions, plays, etc.) that transmit the history of the Holocaust and other genocides to the French-speaking public. The Foundation also funds projects to rehabilitate memorial sites in France.
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 Shoah Memorial is the leading partner of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah. Thanks to permanent support from the
Foundation, the Memorial has been able to develop and host an increasing number of visitors (individuals, school groups, researchers, etc.).
The Rivesaltes camp was successively internment, deportation and transit camp. 60,000 Spanish republicans, Jews, gypsies and harkis were "regrouped" there between 1939 and 1964, the date of its official closure. Today it is a high place of remembrance of internment in France.
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 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.
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.
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.