Annette Wieviorka, "Inside the Drancy Camp"

Elizabeth and Tony Comper Holocaust Education Fund

Drancy, near Paris, has become emblematic of the Shoah in France because so many Jews passed through the camp en route to killing sites in German-occupied Poland. Approximately 80 000 Jews were interned in Drancy at some point between August 1941 and August 1944. This lecture examines the daily existence of those internees. Life in Drancy was shaped by paradoxes: national and social divisions co-existed with multiple forms of solidarity; despair and hunger were experienced alongside a vibrant cultural life, and countless rumours contended with the unbearable threat of deportation.

Annette Wieviorka is the Director of Research at CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in France. A specialist in the memory of the Holocaust, Wieviorka has published widely, including Déportation et génocide, entre la mémoire et l'oubli (1992); The Era of the Witness (2006); L'Heure d'exactitude. Histoire, mémoire, témoignage, entretiens avec Séverine Nikel (2011); and A l'intérieur du camp de Drancy, with Michel Laffitte (2012). She chairs the Committee for Memory and Transmission at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris.

Presented by Alliance Française, Azrieli Foundation, Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone, Consulate General of France, Glendon College of York University, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and Centre for Jewish Studies

Date & Time
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street