A.F.M.A., Auschwitz Memory Fund Association - is a non-profit organization created in 1988.
- passing on to young generations the knowledge and remembrance of the 6 million Jews, Gypsies and Nazi opponents who died in the death camps in Poland and Germany during WW II
- commemorating the annual ceremonies dedicated to the Holocaust and French round-ups key-dates
- rehabilitating the Bobigny railway station that sent thousands to their deaths travelling to the Auschwitz death camps with junior and high school students
The AFMA organization is situated in Drancy on the exact same spot where Jews were interned after being rounded up all over France by the French sympathizers to the Nazi regime (police and gestapo). Their living conditions in Drancy were horrendous and most of the prisoners were then put in a cattle convoy for the Polish death camps. 1 million Jews died in Auschwitz, among them 73.000 French children, women and men.
Here are two photos of the monuments in front of the Cité de la Muette square where the association is situated :
Cité de la Muette and a convoy
The memorial by architect Selinger
The Exhibition "Eyes of Memory":
In the premises, various signs give you an explanation of the history of the Holocaust in France and in Europe.
All year-long, junior and high school students from all over France come to the premises to look at the exhibition and ask questions to live survivors of the death camps who willingly give some of their free time to tell about their ordeal during their internment in the camps.
The Exhibition on tour:
In order to commemorate the key dates in the history of the Holocaust the exhibition is often shown in various key places all over France.
The Bobigny railway station:
Sold for 1 euro by the French railway company to the city of Bobigny, the station is where dozens of convoys of Jews were sent to the death camps in Poland from 1942 to 1944. Recently renovated it should soon become a memorial.
Trips to Auschwitz:
Many times a year schoolchildren and adults alike go to Poland to know more about the Auschwitz death camps. An AFMA representative and former survivor accompanies the students over there.
AFMA strongly advise you, your children or your students if you happen to be a teacher to read and learn more about the Holocaust by reading Spiegelman's best seller MAUS and Marvel's MAGNETO TESTAMENT. They are easy and enlightening comics.
MAUS (Pulitzer Prize 1992)
MAGNETO TESTAMENT (2009)
Acknowedgements: Lucien Tinader is your host at the AFMA premises in Drancy. He will welcome you with open arms and answer all the questions you never dared to ask.