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Collect and Record!Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe$
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Laura Jockusch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764556.001.0001

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Writing French Judaism’s “Book of Martyrdom”

Writing French Judaism’s “Book of Martyrdom”

Holocaust Documentation in Liberated France

(p.46) 2 Writing French Judaism’s “Book of Martyrdom”
Collect and Record!

Laura Jockusch

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 discusses the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation (Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine; CDJC) in France from its founding in April 1943 through 1953, when it had become a permanent Holocaust research and memorial in Paris. Its activists were predominantly eastern European Jewish immigrants who saw themselves as part of French society. By documenting the suffering of the Jews at the hands of the Germans and the Vichy regime and stressing the Jewish involvement with the Résistance, they intended to show that Jews had made a significant contribution to the liberation of France and deserved to be accepted as equal citizens. While writing the history of the Jewish cataclysm proved a difficult and painful endeavor, the activists never doubted that their future was in France and that their documentation work would strengthen France’s return to liberal democracy and further the reintegration of the Jews into French society.

Keywords:   CDJC, democracy, France, Holocaust memorial, immigrants, eastern European Jewish, liberation, reintegration, Résistance, Vichy

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