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3.2. Seminar in Paris (September 22 to 23, 2013)

On 22 and 23 September 2013 the second seminar organized under the project "Chased and free. The escape across the Pyrenees of Jewish refugees and Allies during the Second World War" was held in Paris.

After the seminar that took place in Sort in July, the second activity scheduled was a training trip to meet the experience and career of one of the international partners of the project: the Shoah Memorial in Paris.

A visit to a new home of the Shoah Memorial in Drancy was also included in the program. This new building, opened in 2012, is set up in the place that worked as a concentration camp in 1942. From there, the inmates were deported to extermination camps.

Finally, the group visited the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme that since 1998 works to raise awareness of the history of the French Jewish community, as well as preserve collections, archives and data collections from Jewish families and disseminate different artistic expressions related to Jewish culture.

The program of the study days, held in collaboration with partner Shoah Memorial and focused on the topic of how to convey the history of the Holocaust, was as follows:


Monday, September 23

9:00 h. Welcome to the Shoah Memorial

9:30 h. Visit to the Holocaust Memorial, by Alban Perrin, trainer at the Shoah Memorial and teacher at Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux

11:00 h. Pause

11:15 h. How to teach the Holocaust history?, by Christopher Tarricone, history and geography teacher

13:00 h. Lunch  

14.30 h. Presentation of the educational activities at the Shoah Memorial, by Claude Singer and Marini Bambi

15:30 h. Pause

15:45 h. Presentation of the Holocaust archives by Karen Taieb, archive director at the Shoah Memorial


Tuesday, September 24

9:00 h. The Shoah Memorial, How to teach the Holocaust to children? Presentation of the website "Sarah's attic", by Barbara Mellul, educator at the Shoah Memorial and Adeline Salmon, educational consultant at the Shoah Memorial

11:00 h. Guided tour to MAHJ by Philippe Boukara, educator at the Shoah Memorial

13:00 h. Lunch

14:30 h. Departure to Drancy by bus

15:30 h. Visit to the former concentration camp in Drancy, by Alban Perrin

16:30 h. Free tour to the permanent exhibition at Memorial in Drancy

17:30 h. Departure to the airport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle by bus


The trip offered the opportunity to learn about the activities at partner Shoah Memorial, specialized in training issues related to the Shoah.

The different sessions and visits allowed seeing up close the settings of some of the hardest episodes of Jewish persecution during World War II in the city of Paris. The visit to the new Memorial in Drancy aroused a great interest.