Signature of an agreement between the Association of the families and friends of the deportees of Convoy 77, and the Paris Police Prefecture
On Monday, March 12, the President of the Convoy 77 Association and the Prefect of the Paris Police signed an agreement warranting very broad and professional access to the Archives of the Paris Police Prefecture, in order to facilitate its action and round out the documentation needed to draw up the biographies of the deportees. This agreement authorizes the association to formally acknowledge these documents on their internet site and in any other eventual publications (in compliance with the rules governing the reproduction of archives).
The signature ceremony took place in the offices of the Prefect of Paris Police, in the presence of numerous prefects and top echelon civil servants, whose presence conferred a symbolically important solemnity on the act. In his speech, some recorded extracts of which are reproduced below, Mr Michel Delpuech, the Prefect of the Paris Police, emphasized this importance.
European project Convoi 77
Teaching the history of the Holocaust and of the Second World War from a different angle
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Remembering the victims of the Holocaust is a historical obligation for every European. The lessons of the past must not be forgotten. “Never again” starts with remembrance, with passing to the next generation the stories behind the unthinkable numbers of murdered people.
With less and less survivors able to tell their personal stories of the horrible crimes and their survival, it is our duty to keep the memory alive. When we give faces to the numbers, we prevent those that perished to disappear in oblivion. “Convoy 77” does just that. In a unique and very impressive way it opens our eyes to the fact that behind every victim, there is a story of a life to be told.
Ce sont des personnes qui laissent peu de traces derrière elles…Ce que l’on sait d’elles se résume souvent à une simple adresse. Et cette précision topographique contraste avec ce que l’on ignorera pour toujours de leur vie – ce blanc, ce bloc d’inconnu et de silence…
The European Union welcomes the project of the Convoy 77 Association and the active participation of European countries in this program, which reflects the essence of the European spirit and its values.
The association Fils et Filles des Déportés Juifs de France enthusiastically supports the initiative of Georges Mayer and the association Convoy 77 he created. European project Convoy 77 is innovatory on a European scale and will bring positive results in terms of pedagogy, education and public spiritedness.
I truly think the research and work the students are going to undertake with their teachers’ help will fascinate them, and inspire them in their European civic training.
I do believe that to listen to a witness is to become a witness in turn. Memory is there to protect us, but we must maintain it, nourish it.
La Shoah ne doit représenter seulement des millions de victimes, mais une victime, plus une victime, afin que soient restitués à chacune d’entre elles son état civil, son itinéraire, sa dignité: qu’elles soient extraites de l’oubli et de l’anonymat pour que, d’objets de l’histoire, ces noms redeviennent des sujets de l’histoire.