On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Shoah Memorial and the Lyon Appeals Court signed an agreement to set up a citizenship course led by the Memorial’s teams for people convicted of committing racist or anti-Semitic crimes.
On the symbolic day of January 27, 2016, the Interministerial Delegation of the Fight against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Dilcra) and the Shoah Memorial signed an agreement making the Memorial one of the players that will implement its 2015-2017 action plan.
The plan will develop awareness-raising alternatives to penalties for racist or anti-Semitic crimes. The Shoah Memorial’s citizenship course (see below) is a suitable tool for achieving that goal.
For two days, individuals convicted of racist or anti-Semitic crimes attend a seminar including many workshops about the construction and historical consequences of racism, anti-Semitism and genocide. The goal is to raise awareness about the harm of racism and Semitism, whatever the level, and recall that they are not opinions crimes against France’s republican values of tolerance and fraternity.
The course was already implemented after the Memorial signed a convention with the Paris criminal court in January 2014.