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The Foundation

The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah backs various projects in six areas: research on the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and other genocides; transmitting the memory of the Holocaust; teaching about the Holocaust; promoting and passing on Jewish culture; solidarity with Holocaust survivors; fighting anti-Semitism; and fostering intercultural dialogue.

The Board of Trustees elects the Exective Board members to three-year terms renewable three times. The Exective Board reviews all the business submitted to the Board of Trustees, carries out its decisions and decides whether or not to support most of the projects presented to the Foundation.

The Board of Trustees is assisted in its decision-making by six thematic committees, which can put forward proposals on the projects submitted and advise on the Foundation’s orientations.

A judge from the Court of Auditors chairs the financial committee, which safeguards the endowment’s value and the efficient use of its revenues. It also gives its opinion on the funding of projects with particularly large budgets.

The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah is administered by a 25-member Board of Trustees divided into three sections: representatives of public authorities, representatives of Jewish institutions, and qualified figures.


The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah has a duty to ensure that its endowment is well used and pledges to assess and choose the projects it supports with intellectual rigor and fairness.

The Foundation has set up the necessary tools for meticulous, transparent management.

The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah funds various projects - from books to feature films, documentaries, educational initiatives, exhibitions, research and awareness-raising - meeting its six priority goals.

The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah was set up by a French government decree in 2000, when awareness of the French State’s responsibility in the Holocaust was rising.

Perhaps you would like to obtain funding to help you carry out a project in connection with the missions of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah missions de la Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

The Foundation receives proposals for various projects year round. The staff acknowledges receipt of funding applications before undertaking an in-depth review of each one. If all the eligibility guidelines are met, the application is submitted to the appropriate thematic committee for its opinion and then to the Executive Board and, in some cases, the Board of Trustees for a decision.

In 2014, the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah has financed 252 projects ; €24 million euros were allocated.

Expanding its initiatives in the combat against anti-Semitism, in late 2014 the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah created a specific committee to deal with this issue.

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