update desk

Israel’s National Library houses archive documenting thousands of Jewish children in France during World War II

La Colonie Scolaire changed its name and mission during the war to save as many Jewish children in France as possible.

Letter from the director of La Colonie Scolaire, an organization in France that began caring for immigrant children in 1926. Credit: National Library of Israel.
Letter from the director of La Colonie Scolaire, an organization in France that began caring for immigrant children in 1926. Credit: National Library of Israel.

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People at the National Library of Israel announced on April 16 that it now houses documents from La Colonie Scolaire, an organization that began caring for immigrant children in 1926.

When World War II broke out, the organization went underground and renamed itself “Rue Amelot,” after its address.

It also transformed its mission to save as many Jewish children as possible. Many of the children were recent orphans, whose parents had been sent to concentration camps, Yochai Ben-Ghedalia, director of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, wrote on the National Library of Israel website.

“One of the most significant steps the organization undertook to deal with this challenge was the hiding of Jewish children from Paris with Christian families in rural France, as well as in French monasteries and orphanages,” he added.

La Colonie Scolaire’s archivists destroyed much of the archives after Gestapo raids, but many materials survived, according to Ben-Ghedalia.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates