The Representative Council of Jews of France (Crif), an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, partnered with the Shoah Memorial to organize a visit for students from Seine-Saint-Denis - a French department northeast of Paris - to the memorial late last month.
75 years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was liberated by the Red army. As a symbol, the Paris Shoah Memorial chose to inaugurate the renovated Wall of Names. An official ceremony took place in the presence of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron. Crif President Francis Kalifat was among the distinguished guests.
This morning of January 27, 2020, the biting cold of Upper Silesia was hitting everyone of us. No matter the temperature, the hearts of the members of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) delegation were full of warmth. Surrounded by 200 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, we lived the historic day of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the former Nazi camp.
The AJC survey reveals that antisemitism represents a major daily issue for French Jews as well as for French society as a whole. The Director of AJC Paris, Anne-Sophie Sebban-Bécache, answered our questions.
On Thursday January 23, 2020, 47 heads of states and governments gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. A historic event. Crif President Francis Kalifat accompanied the French President's trip to Israel. He told us about the highlights of Emmanuel Macron's journey.
On 27 January 2020, Jewish communities, nations around the world, and survivors themselves gathered at the hallowed grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp.