The multimedia teaching center identifies, collects, restores and preserves audiovisual documents about the Holocaust. It also helps to make the role of cinema known by collecting testimonies, documentaries, fiction films and film archives around the world.
The collection has over 3,000 films from the 1910s to the present on historical and cultural themes such as prewar Jewish life, Yiddish culture, the rise of Fascism, the Second World War, the Holocaust, the trials, the transmission of memory, anti-Semitism and 20th-century genocides. New titles are added every month.
Every genre is included: fiction (Voyages, The Great Dictator, Passenger, Monsieur Klein, Son of Saul, Labyrinth of Lies, Phoenix, Ida…), documentary (Shoah, Night and Fog, Assassinat d’une modiste, La Langue ne ment pas, Belzec, Zakhor, Einsatzgruppen les commandos de la mort, Hôtel Terminus, Les Evadés de Rawa Rushka…), animation (Un beau matin, Barefoot Gen, Nyosha, L’Appel, Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto…) and telefilm (Le Triporteur de Belleville, Le Temps de la désobéissance, Le Métis de Dieu, La Colline aux mille enfants, René Bousquet ou le grand arrangement…).
A collection of Yiddish films is being compiled: Jewish Happiness, Fiddler on the Roof, The Dybbuk, Tevye the Milkman, etc.
Some films are suitable for children: The Two of Us, The Diary of Anne Frank, Les Enfants du secret, Ligne de vie, Monsieur Batignole, Fortunat…
Testimonies, film archives and audiovisual recordings of events that have taken place in the Memorial’s auditorium are also available.
The audiovisual center also has many phonograph records: songs from the camps and ghettos, liturgical songs and Yiddish and klezmer music illustrate the history, folkways, traditions and cultural heritage of the Jewish world. The collection also includes testimonies, radio broadcasts, sound archives and interviews.
Located on the mezzanine level above the bookshop, the audiovisual center is intended for specialists — researchers, cinema professionals, teachers — as well as the general public and young people. They can consult the collections at eight viewing terminals.
The film catalogue is available on paper. It will go online in 2017.
The documents can only be consulted at the Memorial. No audiovisual document will be loaned and no copies will be made.