Researchers at the USHMM are asking for your help identifying and providing contact information for eyewitnesses – those who were in Rivesaltes and would agree to be interviewed/filmed for oral histories that will be used in connection with the exhibit that is being planned.

The Rivesaltes memorial site team will come to the U.S. for these interviews, so at this point all Rivesaltes eyewitnesses/survivors who agree to be interviewed will be considered without regard to where they are located. Please contact him directly if you know of survivors who fit this description and might be willing to participate in this memorial/educational project. His name is MARC MASUROVSKY and his e-mail address is mmasurovsky@ushmm.org. Phone is 202-488-0497.

The project is being led by the French regional government and is also supported by groups like the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. In June the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research urged its member countries to preserve the ”physical locations where Holocaust-related events occurred.”

For more information on Rivesaltes and this project, please see the following website for an article entitled “Paying Tribute to the Persecuted” by Sarah Wildman, published in the New York Times on October 14, 2007″: http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/travel/14heads.html.

Thanks so much for your assistance – and to all, a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2008, with lots of opportunities for advancing our shared commitment to Holocaust memory and education, moving from “memory to action” to use the lessons of the past to help current and future generations build a more just and peaceful world.

Ellen Blalock

Director, Survivor Affairs / Speakers Bureau

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
eblalock@ushmm.org