History of Jewish Women in France during WWII and the long After-War (1939-end of 1950’s)

History of Jewish Women in France during WWII and the long After-War (1939-end of 1950’s)

Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah/ Institut Emilie du Châtelet
Institut des Sciences de la Communication 20, rue Berbier du Mets F-75013 Paris
Vom - Bis
23.01.2017 -
Dr. Dominique Trimbur

If the history of Jews in France during the Occupation and in its aftermath have already been the focus of numerous research programs and publications, the specific case of the history of Jewish women in the period has mostly remained a blind spot. As a matter of fact, those of them who were married were left without their husbands, who became PoWs, were arrested, then deported, and from then on had to confront alone persecution, also trying to rescue their children. In the After-War period, as shown by many literary works and witnesses, they had to live under precarious conditions, before “reparation” measures were set up.
The Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, through its program History of Antisemitism and the Shoah, in partnership with the Institut Emilie du Châtelet, is willing to promote research on the topics, offering a doctoral and a post-doc stipend to researchers from various disciplines. The FMS organizes the seminar in order to present the huge available resources, as well as to let issues and callings come up. French will be the language of the meeting.


9.30-12: Archives and databases

Introduction : Annette Wieviorka (SIRICE/université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne)

1st panel: What do databases and files tell about the persecution of women?
Chair: Dominique Trimbur (Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah)
- Alexandre Doulut (PhD candidate, Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne): Death rates and survival of Jewish deportees from France, the male/female distinction
- Claire Zalc (IHMC/ENS): The place of the gender variable within the persecution of the Jews in the city of Lens: a prosopographical approach
- Laurent Joly (Centre de recherches historiques, EHESS-CNRS): The “Jewish files” and the archives of the Paris’ Préfecture de police

2nd panel: What kind of “paper” archives regarding a history of women?
Chair: Annette Wieviorka (SIRICE/université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne)
- Karen Taïeb (Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris)
- Laure Politis (Fondation CASIP/COJASOR, Paris)
- Catherine Thion (Cercil-Musée Mémorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, Orléans)
- Monique Leblois-Péchon (Archives nationales, Pierrefitte)

14.00-17.00: On the good use of witnesses

3rd panel: Witnesses’ collections
Chair: Fabrice Virgili (SIRICE/université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne)
- Françoise Passera (Université de Caen): The “Ego 39-45” database
- Emmanuel Debono (USC Shoah Foundation - ENS de Lyon): On the USC Shoah Foundation witnesses’ collection

4th panel: Women’ writings: a diction of history
Chair : Florence Rochefort (CNRS, former head of Institut Emilie du Châtelet)
- Anny Dayan-Rosenman (Université Paris VII)
- Catherine Coquio (Université Paris VII)
- Christine Planté (Université Lyon II)

Conclusive session: reading of passages out of plays of Jean-Claude Grumberg, read by the author, Olga Grumberg and Rainer Sievert

Final remarks: Fabrice Virgili (SIRICE/université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne)


Dominique Trimbur

Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah
10, avenue Percier, F-75008 Paris


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