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250 Member Consistoire Delegation Visits Yad Vashem

President of French Jewish Communities Organization Commits to Supporting Online Database of Shoah Victims Names

2 March 2004

Pictured (left to right) are Director of the French, Benelux, and Scandinavian Desk at Yad Vashem, Miri Gross;  Joel Mergui; and Jean Kahn in the Valley of the Communities. The wall behind them bears the names of the French Jewish communities that fell victim to the Holocaust. (Photo: Isaac Harari) Pictured (left to right) are Director of the French, Benelux, and Scandinavian Desk at Yad Vashem, Miri Gross; Joel Mergui; and Jean Kahn in the Valley of the Communities. The wall behind them bears the names of the French Jewish communities that fell victim to the Holocaust. (Photo: Isaac Harari)

On Friday, 250 members of the Consistoire umbrella organization of Frances Jewish communities visited Yad Vashem. The delegation was led by President of the Consistoire Jean Kahn, Vice Presidents Joel Mergui and Guy Toubiana, and heads of Frances Jewish communities. The group learned about the Central Database of Shoah Victims Names, which will be opened to the public on Yad Vashems website in June. President Kahn committed to financial support of the project.

The delegation represented the umbrella organization of Frances Jewish communities, and was led by President of the Consistoire Jean Kahn, Vice Presidents Joel Mergui and Guy Toubiana, and heads of Frances Jewish communities.

The delegation attended a presentation about the Central Database of Shoah Victims Names, which will be opened to the public on Yad Vashems website in June (see below). President Kahn committed to financial support of the project.

The Consistoire group also viewed a presentation about Yad Vashems reconstruction of the identities of each Holocaust victim. This is done through preservation of any available material relating to each particular victim - Pages of Testimony, biographical information, personal documents, photos, etc. Reconstruction of victims identities is a victory of conscience over the Nazis and their collaborators, as it denies them of the eradication of the memory of the six million Jews they murdered.

The delegation also visited the Childrens Memorial and held a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance.