The voice of witnesses

Article publié le 29 September 2020

75 years after the opening of the extermination camps, the figure of the survivor, the witness, has become more popular than ever. Their stories, spoken, written or recorded, during, after or long after the event, today constitute an immense source of choral information on the Shoah, the study of which will still be the responsibility of future generations.

With this exhibition, the Shoah Memorial proposes to review the construction of this public figure of the witness. By listening, within dedicated sound spaces, to the voices and words of Primo Levi, Simone Veil, Elie Wiesel, Imre Kertész, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Samuel Pisar, Aharon Appelfeld, emblematic survivors of the figure of the witness. By approaching the history of testimony and its presence in public space through a frieze composed of biographies, original manuscripts, sound and fi lm archives, informed by comments from its main historians, intellectuals, actors or analysts. By discovering the creative way in which the third generation after the survivors pursue this transmission with determination.

Mémorial de la Shoah, 17, rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier, 75004 Paris

33 (0)1 42 77 44 72

Jan 26th, 2020 – Aug 29th, 2021