WELCOME TO THE
A.F.M.A. WEBSITE !
A.F.M.A. - Auschwitz Memory Fund Association - is non-profit
organization that was created in 1988. Its purpose:
- passing on to young generations the knowledge and remembrance of the
6 million Jews, Gypsies and Nazi opponents who died in the death camps
in Poland and Germany during WW II
- commemorating the annual ceremonies dedicated to the
Holocaust and French round-ups key-dates
- rehabilitatiing the Bobigny railway station that sent thousands to
- travelling to the Auschwitz death camps with junior and high school
The AFMA organization is situated in Drancy on the exact same spot
where Jews were interned after being rounded up all over France by the
French sympathizers to the Nazi regime (police and gestapo). Their
living conditions in Drancy were horrendous and most of the prisoners
were then put in a cattle convoy for the Polish death camps. 1 million
Jews died in Auschwitz, among them 73.000 French children, women and men.
Here are two photos of the monuments in front of the Cité de
la Muette square where the association is situated :
Cité de la Muette and a convoy
The memorial by architect Selinger
THE EXHIBITION "EYES OF MEMORY":
In the premises, various signs give you an explanation of the history of the Holocaust in France and in Europe.
One of the signs showing pictures of the the round-ups, Drancy, and the yellow star
that French Jews had to sew on their clothes as a form of discriminating registration
All year-long, junior and high school
students from all over France come to the premises to look at the
exhibition and ask questions to live survivors of the death camps who
willingly give some of their free time to tell about their ordeal
during their internment in the camps.
Students surrounding survivor Mr Bénichou, one of our returning hosts
THE EXHIBITION ON TOUR:
In order to commemorate the key dates
in the history of the Holocaust the exhibition is often shown in
various key places all over France.
Exhibition at the City Hall of the 4th arrondissement of Paris for the 65th anniversary of
the liberation of the Nazi camps (January 2010)
THE BOBIGNY RAILWAY STATION:
Sold for 1 euro by the French railway
company to the city of Bobigny, the station is where dozens of convoys
of Jews were sent to the death camps in Poland from 1942 to 1944.
Recently renovated it should soon become a memorial.
The Bobigny railway station near Drancy
TRIPS TO AUSCHWITZ:
Many times a year schoolchildren and
adults alike go to Poland to know more about the Auschwitz death camps.
An AFMA representative and former survivor accompanies the students
A moment of silence in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland 2008, with Mayor of Bobigny Mrs Peyge in the center.
AFMA strongly advise you, your
children or your students if you happen to be a teacher to read and
learn more about the Holocaust by reading Spiegelman's best seller MAUS
and Marvel's MAGNETO TESTAMENT. They are easy and enlightening comics.
MAUS (Pulitzer Prize 1992)
MAGNETO TESTAMENT (2009)
AKNOWLEDGMENTS: Lucien Tinader is your
host at the AFMA premises in Drancy. He will welcome you with open arms
and answer all the questions you never dared to ask.