Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate recently presented Yad Vashem's new Dictionnaire des Justes de France, co-published by Edition Fayard, to French President, Jacques Chirac. The presentation took place at 12:15 at Elysee Palace. In attendance were Israeli Ambassador to France, Nissim Zvili, President of the French Society for Yad Vashem, Dr. Richard Prasquier, President of Consistoir Central, Jean Kahn, and Holocaust survivor and close friend of Yad Vashem, Maxi Librati.
A special event took place for the publication of the Lexicon at the residence of Israeli Ambassador to France, Nissim Zvili. In attendance were Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Dr. Richard Prasquier, President of the French Society for Yad Vashem, Joseph Sitruck, Chief Rabbi of France, Roger Cukierman, President of CRIF, Jean Kahn, President of Consistoir Central.
The Dictionnaire des Justes de France contains 1,200 entries. The volume contains a comprehensive introduction, a summary of the series and the individual rescue stories of the French Righteous Among the Nations. Also included in the Lexicon are an index for cross-referencing, maps, a glossary and pictures.
Additional Lexicons include Holland, Poland, and Central & Western Europe and the Rest of the World. Nearly ten thousand entries cover all of the Righteous to date. There are over nineteen thousand registered, but as several of them are couples, they appear in one entry.