US to share Holocaust archives with Morocco

With thanks: Lily, Shulamit

 

The wartime sultan of Morocco

The exchange of WW2-era information with Morocco continues apace. First Jewish documents held in Francewere handed over, now the Holocaust Museum in Washington is following suit. (With thanks: Lily, Shulamit)

WASHINGTON, DC –  On May 7, the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington, D.C., signed a cooperation agreement with the
Archives of Morocco to share archival materials on the Jews of North
Africa during the Second World War held by each institution. The
agreement will expand the Museum’s archival holdings on this
understudied aspect of history and will enable scholars from North
Africa, Europe and around the globe to conduct research both in Morocco
and at the Museum.

The agreement follows a meeting in Morocco in October 2017 between
Prince Moulay Rachid and a Museum delegation that included Museum
Director Sara J. Bloomfield. The participants discussed the importance
of Holocaust education both as a way to memorialize the victims and to
help educate people about the dangers of extremism and hatred today.

“The signing of this agreement with Morocco is an important step in
the Museum’s work in collecting archival documentation from North
African countries and making them available for research,” said Tad
Stahnke, the Museum’s Director of International Outreach. “The Museum
signed an archival sharing agreement with the Moroccan National Library
in 2008, and Morocco remains the only Arab nation with which we have an
archival agreement. We are extremely pleased that this relationship will
benefit our understanding of how the Holocaust touched the North
African region.”

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