Donating or depositing your archives

The Memorial is a place of education and training for all generations. Every document tells a story. Families are invited to enrich its collections.


Since its creation in 1943, the Centre de documentation juive contemporaine has collected documents, archives, photographs, books and periodicals attesting to the plight of Jews in Europe, especially France, during the Second World War and the history of Jewish communities before and after the Holocaust.

You can bring your documents to the Paris Shoah Memorial every Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 à 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.


Depositing your archives (documents, photos, books, films, objects, etc.) to the Memorial’s documentation center or giving a copy contributes to the transmission, research and study of the history of Europe’s Jews in the 20th century will ensure that they will be preserved for generations to come.

For those who cannot travel to Paris to deposit their archives, every year the Shoah Memorial holds a national collection drive throughout France. The drive is taking a break in 2016, but feel free to contact the Memorial if you wish to deposit your archives and cannot come to Paris.

Contact : Lior Smadja – or

For any delivery of documents at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, a permanence is provided on Tuesday afternoons, from 14:30 to 17:30, without prior appointment.


The audiovisual center will welcome and advise you on donating or depositing original films or copies to the Memorial. They will be preserved, digitized and kept at the audiovisual center.



Testimony is essential in constructing the memory of the Holocaust. An irreplaceable source for researchers and historians, it gives the transmission of knowledge a human face and an emotional dimension.

The Shoah Memorial documentation center has collected many testimonies, often forgotten or heard too little. They are available in written form in the reading room and in audiovisual cassette and DVD recordings at the multimedia teaching center.

As part of its work collecting and archives and documents and making them available to the public, the Memorial continues to gather new testimonies from deportees, hidden children, rescuers and descendants of first witnesses. After cross-referencing and validating, they are added to the documentation center’s collection.

If you have written a testimony on paper or recorded it on tape, CD or any other medium and would like the Memorial’s archives to have it, please call 01 42 77 44 72 or e-mail the archives department.