Obj. ID: 48053
Jewish Architecture Holocaust Memorial Plaque in Synagogue in Avignon, France, 1948
To the main object: Synagogue in Avignon - Interior
No official name
Who is Commemorated?
Jews of Avignon who were deported and killed during the Holocaust
A tall narrow wall plaque is installed on the synagogue wall to the right of the ark. It consists primarily of a list of the victims' names in three columns and bears two Magen Davids flanking the years 1940-1945 beneath a titular inscription. The first name listed is Rabbi Joseph Sachs, Chief Rabbi of Paris at the beginning of the Holocaust.
de la foi d'Israël
[list of victims'names]
La Communaute d'Avignon a ses Chers Disparus
Translation: To the martyrs of the faith of Israel, 1940-1944 / [List of names] / The Community of Avignon to its dear disappeared October 1948
Jewish Community of Avignon
On April 17, 1943, several Jewish families were arrested and deported. The memorial lists 75 victims by names, including Chief Rabbi Joseph Sachs [Saks], who as rabbi in Paris was deported and killed, presumably at Auschwitz. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Szafrajgen are named, but their 16 children are not. It is not clear if all the victims listed came from Avignon, or if they came from throughout Provence.