France Confers Historical Archives to the U.S. Holocaust Museum
Washington, D.C., February 27, 2013.
The Diplomatic Archives of the French Foreign Ministry handed over 70,000 digital files to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in a ceremony held at the Museum on February 27. The documents and images contained in these files, which came from the archives of the French Protectorate in Morocco, chronicle the history of the Jewish community in that country during the 1930s and 1940s.
The ceremony was attended by Museum Director Sara Bloomfield, and Paul Shapiro, Director of the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, together with other museum personnel. The French Embassy in Washington was represented by its chargé d’affaires, Frédéric Doré. Representatives of the Moroccan Embassy and the U.S. State Department, including U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Douglas Davidson, were also present.
- Frédéric Doré, Minister Counselor of the French Embassy, and Sara Bloomfield, Holocaust Memorial Museum Director (Photo courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum).
This event follows the signing of an agreement between the French Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on January 15 renewing scientific, educational and cultural cooperation for the next 10 years.
With this new agreement and symbolic ceremony, France fully reaffirms its commitment to fostering Holocaust remembrance. The French Foreign Ministry is still working actively to inventory and digitize its archives relating to that period.