The year 2018 was a rich, dense and hopeful one for the Memorial. Here are some of the key highlights:
• Attendance rose by over 20%. More than 282,000 people visited the Paris Memorial. If the Cercil (Study and Research Centre on the Internment Camps of the Loiret Region and the Jewish Deportation) and our outsidethe- walls activities are taken into account, over 470,000 people visited or were in educational contact with the Memorial.
• Three temporary exhibitions were highly successful: August Sander, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld and Contemporary Artists and the Holocaust. • Closer ties were forged with the Cercil-Vél’d’Hiv Children’s Museum- Memorial, the creation of which in 1992 was initiated by Hélène Mouchard Zay, daughter of minister Jean Zay, who was brutally murdered by the Milice in 1944. After years of work, with help from the municipal government and local authorities in 2011 Ms. Zay, then president, succeeded in establishing a museummemorial in Orléans focusing on the history of the Loiret internment camps. We are honored and delighted that the Cercil has joined the Memorial.
• Our educational activities have grown, now accounting for nearly 50% of our budget. For several years, the Memorial has been a key player in raising awareness of anti-Semitism and hatred of the other with the weapons we have at our disposal: education and history. We do so across France, especially in sensitive areas.
Seventy-six years after its creation, the Memorial is still moving forward to keep pace with the needs of the society in which it works, while remaining true to the mission set out by our founders.
None of that amazing work would have been possible without our staff, volunteers and donors, whom I thank here with all my heart. Let us be especially grateful to our great and dear friends who have the desire and courage to testify about the hell they went through. Their testimonies are one of the most effective tools in the fight against anti-Semitism.
Éric de Rothschild
President of the Shoah Memorial