Re: Deportations from France #France #Holocaust #research #Names #records

Bernard FLAM

Hi from Paris,
There is often a feeling by foreign people, specially American, that Shoah is forgotten in France and not many places are dedicated to memory and researches.
This feeling could have been true till 70's and also because even now, most our web sites aren't translated in English, nobody is perfect.
But France is able to face its history and concerning French Jews,  a real memory work has been well engaged for decades by numerous associations, institutions and private searchers as I am.
To Jean-Pierre Stroweis's answer, I wish to add :
  • Memorial de la Shoah in Paris is totally comparable to USHMM : a memorial, a museum, a documentation center (created in 1943, even before war's end) and a web site.
  • deportees' list has been made by Serge Klarsfeld from nazis convoys lists established directly at deportation center as Drancy : his "memorial book", as "Shoah" movie by Claude Lanzman, are masterpieces for humanity memory of Shoah. 
  • you can search this list directly on Memorial de la Shoah web site, with an advantage to Steve Morse's site : you will find pictures and documents which could be added to each deportee's file by family members :
  • Serge Klarsfeld compiled also  "Memorial des enfants ", "Children' memorial deported from France" with a page for each of 11.4000 children, including name and picture.
  • as I said, a lot of official / non official institutions / associations have some archives concerning Jews and Shoah in France and you must search one by one : Jean-Pierre Stroweis made this list in English, thank you Jean-Pierre !
  • Among searchers, we know there are more archives which surely are to be investigated in each "department" archives, department being our territory division since French Revolution, i.e. 95 departments and so 95 archives in continental France...
  • If you know that your ancestors had obtained French nationality, their application file can be copied at French National Archives : between 20 and 40 pages of documents where they told a lot about their family and their life since they left the "old country".
As you can read, this is not because you don't hear or read often from us that we don't fulfill our duty of memory.

Bernard Flam
Archives and history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France (Workmen Circle)
Jewish genealogy detective of Polish roots

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