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© Vladimir Levin, Photographer: Levin, Vladimir, 2000

Who is Commemorated?

Members of the Jewish community of Bordeaux who were murdered in the Holocaust

Description

The plaque is made of smooth marble slabs set into the western wall of the forecourt of the synagogue. The vast majority of the plaque is taken up by two sets of tablets of the law with the words "memory" and "forever" above lists of victims' names.

The upper part of the memorial is decorated by Maged David flanked by the years 1940 and 1944.

Inscriptions

Along the upper portion of the monument, in French:

A nos martyrs
1940     1944

 Dans cette synagogue
Sauvagement profanee
et devastee transformée
en geole le 10 Janvier 1944
par la barbarie nazie:

 ((Des larmes des pleurs et des
sanglots on couvert l'autel
du Seigneur n'avons nous pas
tous un seul pere n'est ce pas
le méme Dieu qui nous a créés))
Les Prophetes
Malakhie Ch. 2.

Translation: To our martyrs / 1940 1944 // In this synagogue Wildly desecrated and devastated transformed [into a] prison on January 10, 1944, by Nazi barbarism // We cover the altar of the Lord with tears, weeping, and moaning [...] Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us / Prophets, Malachie, Chapter 2 [alludes to Malachie 2:10 and 2:13; the source of the French translation is not clear].

The tops of the tablets are inscribed in Hebrew, one word per tablet: 

זכרון עולם זכרון עולם

Translation: memory / forever / memory  forever

The rest of the tablets are filled with the names of the killed Jews in French:

[List of Names]

The bottoms of the two middle tablets are inscribed in Hebrew with a traditional Hebrew formula that usually appears on a gravestone:

'ת'נ'צ'ב'ה

Translation: May their souls be bound in the bundle of life 

Along the lower portion of the monument a quote from Isiah 57:2 in inscribed in French and Hebrew.

In French:

Vienne La Paix
Ils Resposeront en Paix
dans le Sein du Seigneur
Isaie L VII 2

In Hebrew:

יבוא שלום ינוחו
על-משכבותם
ישעיה נז

TranslationYet he shall come to peace, He shall have rest on his couch / Isiah 57 (JPS, 1985). [The french quote of Isiah 57:2 is given in the version unknown to us.]

Commissioned by 

Jewish community

Name/Title
Holocaust Memrial Plaque in the Sephardi Synagogue in Bordeaux | Unknown
Object Detail
Main courtyard
Date
1956 (?)
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Location
France | Nouvelle-Aquitaine région | Bordeaux
| 6, rue du Grand-Rabbin Joseph-Cohen
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A167827