The Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr, Europe’s first monument in the honor of the memory of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, was inaugurated rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier, Paris, in 1956. Sixty years later, the Shoah Memorial pursues its role as a beacon of vigilance. It has kept up with the times and, in addition to its historical mandate of preserving, commemorating and transmitting the history of the Holocaust, has developed educational and teacher-training activities.
In January 2016, we signed an agreement with the government to bolster our position as a special partner in matters relating to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism; and consolidate knowledge about genocide and the prevention of crimes against humanity in schools.
Our activities have increased, both at the Memorial and in schools and cultural institutions, in France and abroad. The bulwark we are building is essential for everybody – here and everywhere else. Over 50,000 young people participated in an educational activity at the Memorial in 2016, a significant rise over the previous year.
We pursued our cultural activities, hosting After the Holocaust, a major exhibition on refugees and survivors and the displacement of populations at the end of World War II. Another exhibition brought to light a virtually unknown genocide, against the Herero and Nama in South-West Africa, at the beginning of the 20th century.
You and your indispensable commitment, donors, the Memorial’s permanent staff and volunteers enable our institution to fulfill its task.
Éric de Rothschild
President of the Shoah Memorial