If the history of Jews in France during the Occupation and in its aftermath have already been the focus of numerous research programs and publications, the specific case of the history of Jewish women in the period has mostly remained a blind spot. As a matter of fact, those of them who were married were left without their husbands, who became PoWs, were arrested, then deported, and from then on had to confront alone persecution, also trying to rescue their children. In the After-War period, as shown by many literary works and witnesses, they had to live under precarious conditions, before “reparation” measures were set up.
The Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, through its program History of Antisemitism and the Shoah, in partnership with the Institut Emilie du Châtelet, is willing to promote research on the topics, offering a doctoral and a post-doc stipend to researchers from various disciplines. The FMS organizes the seminar in order to present the huge available resources, as well as to let issues and callings come up. French will be the language of the meeting.
For more information about doctoral and post-doctoral grants for projects and a January 23, 2017 seminar about the program, please visit History of Jewish Women in France during WWII and the long After-War (1939-end of 1950’s).