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Who is a Jew? Amiens, France, 1940-45

Who is a Jew? Amiens, France, 1940-45

Until 1940, there were no official French government records to indicate who was a Jew. When the German armies occupied France, they issued a law requiring all Jews to register with the police or local government official on pain of fine or imprisonment or confiscation of property. Throughout the Occupation the authorities constructed numerous lists and files to track  the movements of Jews in and out of their jurisdictions.

Curated by Dr. David Rosenberg, a Pittsburgh archivist and scholar, this exhibition presents images of individual file cards compiled in 1942 by the police in Amiens and by local government officials elsewhere in the Department of the Somme. Visitors may also view brief videos on some of the individuals represented in the exhibition.

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dr. Rosenburg will present The Making of 'Who is a Jew?': A Tale of Two Cities and the Challenges of Bringing a Troubling Holocaust History Home on Wednesday January 26th at 6:30 p.m. online. This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

To learn more about the Nazi persecution of the Jewish citizens of Amiens visit: Jews of the Somme: a Project Fostering the Duty to Remember.

Related LibGuide: Who is a Jew? Amiens, France 1940-1945 by Ted Bergfelt

Sunday, January 16, 2022 Show more dates
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Sara Baron