Teaching the Legacy #24 – Saving Children during the Holocaust in France

Jul. 02, 2011

Source: Yad Vashem


The 24th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators, focuses on the fate of children in France during the Holocaust and the people and organizations that tried to hide them and save them. It features an interview with Israel (Zizi) Lichtenstein, himself a hidden child in southern France, and some of the artifacts that survived with him through the war. There is an article on the different organizations that worked to rescue children in France, and some of the heroic people who rescued a Jewish boy during the Holocaust.


Among the articles:

  • From Democracy to Deportation - This article gives background history to the Holocaust in France. It also provides some tools for using this as a topic in classroom lessons and discussion.
  • Interview with Dr. Israel (Zizi) Lichtenstein - In this interview, Dr. Israel Lichtenstein, a child survivor who was hidden in the south of France during World War II vividly recalls his experiences.
  • Artifacts from the Holocaust - This article discusses some of the artifacts that survived the Holocaust in France which were kept for many years by the mother of Zizi Lichtenstein.
  • Hidden Children - This article details the various ways that children in France were rescued by organizations and communities during the Holocaust. Including survivor testimony, this piece lends insight into the tremendous effort that led to the survival of many Jews.
  • Righteous Among the Nations - Jules & Jeanne Roger & mother Louise Roger, France -This segment spotlights unique individuals who risked their lives in order to save Jews during the Holocaust.

In addition, the newsletter features new publications, book reviews, and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem.

Updated: Aug. 03, 2011