Yahad donates recovered artifacts to Caen Memorial

A poignant moment this week in Normandy, home to the Caen Memorial, as Yahad turned over the first in a series of deliveries of artifacts recovered around execution sites and former residences of victims killed in the Holocaust by Bullets.


The Memorial, dedicated not only to WWII and D-Day but also to the broader themes of 20th-century conflict and peace and welcoming 400,000 visitors annually, opened a new wing last year on the Holocaust, including in Eastern Europe.

More than 150 individual objects were in this first shipment ranging from machine gun shells to jewelry dropped by victims before being shot to children’s toys.  The Memorial’s Director, Stephane Grimaldi called the objects “a unique testimony to the world from the civilian victims.”


CAEN2The objects have the effect of suddenly transforming the story of the Holocaust from a terrible, yet still abstract, story of numbers and place names to one of individual lives — and, as Father Desbois says, voices that cry out from the earth.



There was a significant amount of coverage by the French press.  The photos above are from Ouest-France’s web site.  Click on the link or photo below to view the video of the television story on

France 3 and read other coverage on Yahad’s web site.