France

Member country since: 1999

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 16 July (Anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup)


Ambassador Delphine Borione (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) – Head of Delegation

Florent Cheval (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Philippe Allouche (Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah)

Bruno Boyer (Mémorial de la Shoah) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Romain Dessaigne (La Fondation du Camp des Milles - Mémoire et Éducation) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Alain Chouraqui (La Fondation du Camp des Milles - Mémoire et Éducation) – Education Working Group

Jacques Fredj (Mémorial de la Shoah)

Georges Mayer (Convoi 77) – Education Working Group

Gabrielle Rochmann (Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah)

Claude Singer (Mémorial de la Shoah) – Education Working Group

Dominique Trimbur (Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah) – Academic Working Group

Gerard Unger (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France)

Dominique Vidaud (Maison d’Izieu-Mémorial des enfants juifs exterminés) – Museums and Memorials Working Group


France’s accession to the IHRA offered an opportunity to create a network of national Holocaust experts, ensuring more efficient sharing of information between institutions and wider dissemination of activities in the areas of Holocaust teaching, research and remembrance. These discussions have also laid the foundation for enhanced educational work and a closer partnership between the authorities and the various remembrance sites in France. This, in turn, has formalized ties through an international network which has been enriched over the years, thus preventing educational and memorial activities from becoming nothing more than rituals.

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