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.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945, the Canopé network and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah republished Auschwitz Album, an outstanding historical record with nearly 200 photographs of the Nazis’ biggest death camp. The album is part of a transmedia educational project (book, DVD, webumentary).
En 1972, la cour de justice de Hambourg acquitte Walter Becker, le lavant de l’accusation de crimes de guerre commis à l'encontre de la population juive du ghetto de Wierzbnik alors qu'il était chef de la police criminelle. Christopher R. Browning se penche alors sur les récits des survivants et les interrogatoires réalisés en vue du procès. Il s’attache à un objet historique relativement peu étudié pour lui-même faute de documentation, le camp-usine de travail forcé.
<p>The discovery of more than 1,500 prized paintings and drawings in a private Munich residence, as well as a recent movie about Allied attempts to recover European works of art, have brought Nazi plundering back into the headlines, but the thievery was far from being limited to works of art. From 1942 onwards, ordinary Parisian Jews - mostly poor families and recent immigrants from Eastern Europe - were robbed, not of sculptures or paintings, but of toys, saucepans, furniture, and sheets.</p>
The Auschwitz Album, published jointly by the Foundation and the publishing house Editions Al Dante, consists of a collection of almost 200 photographs, taken by members of the SS in May and June 1944, during the massive deportation of Hungarian Jews to Birkenau.