Within its walls, the Shoah Memorial hosts several organizations sharing a common goal: transmitting the memory of the Holocaust. They are Mémoire juive de Paris, Mémoires du convoi 6, Conseil National pour la Mémoire des Enfants Juifs Déportés (Comejd), Les Enfants Cachés and Convoi 77.
This organization collects, compiles and presents photos and documents that escaped destruction during the war and trace the history of Jewish immigration and integration in France from 1880 to 1948.
This organization brings together people with relatives or friends who were deported by transport 6 from the Pithiviers camp in the Loiret to Auschwitz-Birkenau on July 17, 1942. The purpose of the transport was to empty the Pithiviers and Beaune-la-Rolande camps to make room for those who were caught in the Vel’ d’Hiv round-ups.
The purpose of this organization is to transmit the memory of deported Jewish children, with help from national institutions, teachers and federations of students’ parents. It regularly organizes remembrance events with support from regional prefects and presides over the installation of commemorative plaques in French schools.
The Association des Enfants Cachés was an independent non-profit organization of Jewish persons who, as children, were hidden to escape racial persecution during the Second World War. It was created in 1992.
The organization’s members expressed themselves, testified and transmitted what they experienced during the Holocaust. They set up discussion groups where they could meet one another, talk about their difficult pasts and listen to others.
The Association des Enfants Cachés also created a library of complete testimonies by hidden children and their rescuers.
It published a quarterly bulletin that found its way around the world and published many articles on individual or collective rescue actions and missing-person notices to find rescuers or traveling companions.
After the Ministry of National Education launched the “Paroles d’étoiles” project in 2002, the Association des Enfants Cachés was regularly asked to participate in responsible citizenship courses.
The organization was disbanded in late 2008.
Convoi 77 was officially created on October 25, 2014. The Board of Directors has 11 members. Three people make up the Executive Committee: Georges Mayer, President; Véronique Likforman, General Secretary; and Henri Assouline, Treasurer.
The organization takes its name from transport 77, the last major transport to leave Drancy. On July 31, 1944, it set out for Auschwitz carrying 1,344 men, women and children to the death camp. Convoi 77 brings together their families, friends and those interested in perpetuating the memory of the deportees, their history and their fate; in transmitting the memory of the Holocaust; and in contributing to research on and teaching about the destruction of Europe’s Jews.
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