According to an Ifop poll conducted in December 2019, 21% of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 had never heard of the genocide of Jews. And 30% of them don’t know how to date. Disturbing figures worthy of remembrance of a painful past marked by Nazi Germany’s deportation and extermination of the Jews.
But as parents, how do you tell your children about these difficult topics? On this National Relay Day, April 24, we bring you a program that will help you open up the dialogue, in order to accomplish their memory duty, each in their own way.
Walking in the footsteps of the resistance
A recipient of the Medal of the Resistance, Lyon is definitely a major city in the history of World War II.
A journey in the footsteps of the main events and places of the period 1939-1945 allows you to approach the Second World War in an original way. Each stop is a chance to remember important dates, get back to the key players and discover tidbits about local history.
Begin your walk on rue Jeanne-Hachette, in the 3rd arrondissement, at the foot of Montluc Prison. The Germans captured this building in 1942, imprisoned Jews, resisters, and hostages there and tried them in a nearby military court.
Then go to Place Bellecour and stop at the foot of the Stone Watcher statue. This statue is a tribute to five resistance fighters, held in Montlock Prison and publicly executed here by the Nazis.
This action was carried out in retaliation for an attack, albeit a non-lethal, on 26 July 1944, by resistance fighters in the Moulin à Vent Café, frequented by the Gestapo.
Then lose yourself in the traboules of Lyon. This network of covered lanes served as a place for the Resistors’ parcels to be deposited. The latter borrowed these passages to escape from the Nazis. Knowing the city like everyone else, members of the resistance only had to sneak into tanks to get rid of the occupying forces or exchange messages discreetly.
In the afternoon, continue on to 9, Cours Gambetta, the meeting place of the United Youth Forces. Within these walls, young resistance fighters developed their strategy for the political struggle against the Vichy regime, risking their lives.
Your walk comes to a close with a visit to the Jardin des 44 enfants d’Izieu, held at the corner of Rue du Docteur Zimmermann and Rue Raoul-Servant. This small natural place pays tribute to the Jewish children captured and deported by Klaus Barbe during a raid on April 6, 1944.
Visit CHRD’s War Faces Gallery
A few minutes from here, under the title “The Virtues,” the Center for the History of Resistance and Deportation presents a poetic walk based on multiple painted or photographic images from its collections.
30 years of groups and many faces of resistance fighters, liberators, oppressors, Holocaust survivors and prisoners of war. Selfies, in portrait or in drawing, will immerse you in the heart of World War II.
Until September 18, 2022 – Center for the History of Resistance and Deportation, 14 Berthelot Street, 69007 Lyon – Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.
Finish the day at home
A site to talk about the Holocaust
Adapted to the sensitivity of 8-year-olds, Le Grenier de Sarah was designed based on three frequently asked questions: Who were these people the Nazis wanted to assassinate? What countries did they live in? What languages do they speak? What are the paths for each of them?
In a “black and white” space, short but rich videos tell, step by step, the fate of nine people persecuted by the Nazis, with photos and drawings. It is the perfect tool to accompany children on all their questions.
Film: Where’s Anne Frank?
Nothing better than an animated movie about the Holocaust for kids.
Directed by Ari Vollman, “Where’s Anne Frank!” Blending past and present, he shows his imaginary girlfriend, Kitty, in modern-day Amsterdam, where refugees roam in search of a place to live.
Watch as a family.
Where’s Anne Frank (2021), by Ari Vollman, Emily Curry, Michael Maloney, and Sebastian Croft. Original title Where Is Anne Frank