Memorial de la Shoah, Paris

The Mémorial de la Shoah is the foremost center for Holocaust remembrance and education in France and is one of the leading such institutions worldwide. Since completing its large-scale renovations in 2005, the Mémorial welcomes 200,000 annual visitors, and 30,000 young people visit with their school classes every year. These school groups have transformed the Mémorial de la Shoah from a commemorative site into a national center for Holocaust and diversity education and training.

The Edmond J. Safra Education Institute, launched in April 2010, has expanded the Mémorial’s already substantial Pedagogical Service, which is responsible for planning and coordinating all scheduled visits to the museum. The Mémorial works to combine its programming with subject areas that student groups are studying, and it produces a wide range of teaching materials and age-specific workshops. Issues covered include hidden children, the art works produced by the children of Terezin, Jewish resistance to the Nazis, the Vichy regime, and life in Paris under occupation. The Mémorial provides schools in the Paris region with the option of guided visits to the site of the Drancy internment camp (the principal place where the Jews of France were gathered for deportation), and they also organize traveling exhibitions of museum materials for school classes around the country.

To learn more please visit the project website: www.memorialdelashoah.org.

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