In 2014, the President of France and the government acknowledged, emphasized and proclaimed the absolute need to educate youth and train teachers to combat the scourges threatening our society’s very foundations: racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.
The Memorial has been not just proclaiming that for years, but doing it.
Since its renovation in 2005, hundreds of thousands of young people from the suburbs, Paris and the provinces have visited the Memorial to learn about the horrifying excesses that happen in societies ruled by totalitarianism and violence.
The Memorial has provided training for thousands of teachers. It has accompanied thousands of children to Auschwitz and given them the opportunity to meet former deportees who told them about their ghastly experiences. The Memorial has often helped these young people change their minds about “the other”. Our work has won recognition: Government officials, the Paris public prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of National Education have turned to us for help with the task they have finally recognised as a priority by creating, under the aegis of the Prime Minister, the Interministerial Delegation of the Fight Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, whose French acronym is DILCRA.
We are ready and willing to contribute all our know-how and energy to this struggle, which has been our own for the past 10 years.
Those who have always supported us can rest assured: We have not overlooked our other missions, in particular maintaining the specific nature of the history and memory of the Holocaust by hosting major exhibitions on the destruction of European Jews and other genocides of the 20th century at the Memorial and outside its walls, organising cultural activities all year round, opening our archives up to researchers and historians and tirelessly collecting and preserving archival items (our last national drive, which was very successful, travelled to 16 cities in France). We shall continue to do so in the future.
We also commemorated the 70th anniversary of the last transports’ departures in 1944.
The immense work carried out by the Memorial with an incredibly devoted team on the job nearly night and day is only possible with help from generous donors, including the FMS (Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah), several foundations, companies as committed to our mission as we are and, most of all, you, our loyal public. The Memorial would never have been able to grow without you.
Thank you for your support.
Éric de Rothschild
President of the Shoah Memorial