On the occasion of January 27, 1945, when the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was discovered 78 years ago, the commemoration ceremony was held on Friday, January 27, 2023 in the crypt of the Shoah Memorial in Paris.
The commemorative ceremony was attended by Ms. Ginette Kolinka, survivor of the deportation camps; Mr. Eric de Rotschild, President of the Shoah Memorial; Mr. Jacques Fredj, Director of the Shoah Memorial; Mrs Isabelle Rome, Minister Delegate in charge of gender equality, diversity and equal opportunities; Mr. Thierry Laurent, Director of Cabinet on behalf of Mrs Patricia Mirallès, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armed Forces, in charge of Veterans and Memory; Ms. Véronique Peaucelle-Delelis, Director General of the National Office of Combatants and Victims of War; Mr. Christophe Kerrero, Rector of the Ile-de-France academic region, Rector of the Paris Academy; Judith Cytrynowicz, representative on behalf of the Fondation pour la mémoire de la Shoah; Mr. Claude Ribbe, Memory Council on behalf of Mr. Le Maire of the 6th arrondissement of Paris; Ms. Laurence Patrice, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of memory and the fighting world, on behalf of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; Cécilia Barbieri, Head of the Section for Education for Peace and Global Citizenship, on behalf of Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General for Education, Science and Culture; and Ilana Cicurel, member of the European Parliament.
The ceremony was joined by the Ambassadors of Memory, the choir of the Lycée La Fontaine de Paris under the direction of Patrick Choukroun, a class of students from the Yvonne le Tac College who attended the testimony of Ginette Kolinka.
In the evening, the Ambassadors of Memory revived the flame under the Arc de Triomphe.