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Until 1940, there were no official French government records to indicate who was a Jew. When the German armies occupied France, they issued a law requiring all Jews to register with the police or local government official on pain of fine or imprisonment or confiscation of property. Throughout the Occupation the authorities constructed numerous lists and files to track the movements of Jews in and out of their jurisdictions.
Curated by Dr. David Rosenberg, a Pittsburgh archivist and scholar, this exhibition presents images of individual file cards compiled in 1942 by the police in Amiens and by local government officials elsewhere in the Department of the Somme. Visitors may also view brief videos on some of the individuals represented in the exhibition.
Dr. Rosenberg's research, media coverage, and images are available at his website Jews of the Somme.
To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dr. Rosenberg presented The Making of 'Who is a Jew?': A Tale of Two Cities and the Challenges of Bringing a Troubling Holocaust History Home on Wednesday January 26th at 6:30 p.m. Click the link above to see a recording of the program.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.