Conference 934: Following 2000 years of Jewish heritage in France: what can the archaeology tell us? [fr]

Jews have lived in France since the Antiquity, playing a defining role in society and culture. The Consulate general of France, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (mahJ) in Paris, and the World Jewish Congress, joined forces to shed light on less known episodes of the history of judaism in France and on the situation nowadays.

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Since the 1990s, the development of rescue and preventive archaeology has uncovered many sites that bear witness to the Jewish presence in France since Antiquity. These discoveries document the many communities living in France up to the medieval expulsions (1182, 1306, and 1394). Archaeologists are also interested in the modern and contemporary periods, and they contribute to enriching our textual archives, as shown by the recent discovery of the graffiti of the internees of the Drancy transit camp.

Location: Consulate General of France in New York (934 5th Av)
Date: November 13th from 6:30 to 8:30
Speakers: Paul Salmona, director of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, in discussion with Steven Fine, Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University

If you want to attend to the Conference, please confirm you will be here by email rsvp.new-york-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr. The number of seats is limited.

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Paul Salmona is an expert on this issue and wrote several articles about the Archeology of Judaism in France and Europe. Paul will talk about the discoveries of archaeology that bear witness to the Jewish presence in many sites since Antiquity. He will particularly focus on the very many communities living in France up to the medieval expulsions (1182, 1306, 1394).

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Steven Fine is a cultural historian, specializing in Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period. He focuses upon the literature, art and archaeology of ancient Judaism – and the ways that modern scholars have interpreted Jewish antiquity.

Conference 934 are series of monthly conferences organized by the Consulate General of France with the support of La Compagnie Boutique Airline.
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[1Oil lamp, France, 3rd century, mahJ, long-term loan from Musée de Cognac / Copyright : mahJ

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