Remember

Shall never be forgotten those fallen for their Country! Shall they for ever remain in our thoughts as the dearest and most precious presence.
On the very first days of it’s creation, the Union endorsed the mission to perpetuate the memory of the Jewish heroes fallen on the honour battlefield. It’s a noble homage dedicated to their memories by erecting in the Bagneux-Parisian cemetery a monument deserving their sacrifice.


And it became possible for the families to repatriate the bodies of the fighters scattered on all battlefields, the Union create the necessary conditions to help them to realize their wish, building a tomb by the monument in which, side by side, like a symbol of all brothers fallen for the same cause, sixty six Jewish volunteer fighters from the French army are resting. Before this very monument, in presence of most organization of veterans, gather every year in June a large crowd, for the remembrance ceremony given by the Union in honour of the Jewish fighters who died for France. During this moving demonstration who became traditional, there are tears, but also the strong will to oppose brotherly united the return of the nazi horrors, remaining so loyal to the will of our hero and martyrs.

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In the frame of the remembrance ceremonies, the Union is part every year on May 9th along with the Federation of the Jewish veterans Associations, to the homage given to the Unknown Soldier, by reviving the flame under the Triumph Arch.

The Union is present as well to celebrate the WW1 Armistice and WW2 Victory, to the remembrance ceremonies at the Synagogue of the Victoire street and before the monument erected on the Roquette street in memory of the oriental Jews who died for France.

Also is the Union present at the ceremonies of Mont Valérien, Drancy, Père Lachaise cemetery, Vel d’Hyv, Marcel Rayman square…

By calling to honour the memory of all those who offered their life for Freedom, the Union fulfils with dignity one of it’s most sacred duties.

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By the ossuary of Douaumont, who overlooks the four hundred thousands deaths from Verdun, stand erect a large wall who carries the Decalogue stones. The ten commandments are engraved in it. On the pedestal, a stone frontlet on which one can read: “To the French, Allies and Foreign Volunteers fallen for France 1914 – 1918”. The monument erected on the initiative of a committee who gathered members of the Central Consistory and the associations of Jewish veterans, was inaugurate on June 19th 1938 by Mr Campichi minister of the Navy, in name of the government. The next year, during their yearly pilgrimage, the Jewish Volunteer veterans made a visit to Mgr Gininisty, Bishop of Verdun, and requested that he’d look after the monument like he did after the ossuary. The answer of the regretted prelate was: “I accept with great hearth, and I want to tell you that your request honours me as well as it honours you.”
During their occupation, the German decided to fell that wall and the Decalogue which “enjewed” the most renowned spot of French military glory.A violent opposition of the civil and religious authorities of the immortal city and the department became necessary to limit the Aryan vandalism to only hide the wall behind a palisade, from the view of the “krauts” and nazi tourists. Only after the Liberation was seen that they had disgraced the monument by spilling cement in the hollow of the Hebraic letters.
The consistory made some refection to the monument and along with head Rabbi of France Mr Jacob Kaplan, it launched an appeal to which answered the affiliated associations.

Signed by our ancient President Maurice Vanikoff, and President of the federation Jewish veterans from the two WW.

A wash-tint by Mané Katz

CEREMONY at the BAGNEUX CEMETERY MONUMENT June 1965

Our General Secretary Isi Blum start his lecture by naming the personalities and the Jewish and non-Jewish Organizations present at the ceremony and thanks them for coming to give a tribute to our dead. Also present is the band of the 5th Regiment of Infantry with it’s leader captain Beaudricourt. For the first time in France the band played the hymn of the Vilno Ghetto… After raising the 1940 combats, the heavy lost in the March Regiments, Isi Blum reminded the reasons why immigrated Jews enrolled in the French Army in 1939. First they volunteered to show their recognition to their new country, France, with it’s most noble traditions of humanism and human’s rights; they were conscious about their patriotic duty by spontaneously going to serve their adoptive nation. By going to defend France, they knew that they were going to fight the sanguinary enemy of liberty, against the sanguinary enemy of the Jewish people. By saluting the memory of these soldiers fallen against the enemy, our thoughts are also going toward those who later , in the ranks of the Resistance, fought and died as heroes during the long night of occupation… We do associate in our homage, all our brothers who fought in the allied armies and who died for the same cause; we arise with a deep emotion the heroic fighters in all the ghettos and particularly the glorious insurgents of the Warsaw ghetto, which courage forced 22 years ago the admiration of the entire world. To all those fighters with or without uniforms, to the million of fighters Jews or non-Jews who around the world have fought against the same enemy and fell to save humanity from the abject fascist regime, goes our respectful homage. Among those victims, six millions of ours endured internment, separation from mother and child, the yellow star, the deportation, hunger, forced work, and at last the “deliverance” by the gas chambers and crematorium ovens… Veterans, victims of nazism we remain loyal to the ideal that moved our comrades in their combats and sufferings, to the ideal of peace, of fraternity, we who do not forget the testament left by our hero and our martyrs, while we do homage to their memory, we must renew today our swear to continue the fight… We have to remain vigilant and united, for racism anti-Semitism are still threatening… We have to constantly remember that 55 million men died, 90 million were mutilate, hundred towns and villages were devastated and entire territories were ransacked and destroyed. Loyal to our deads, we must hand over to our children the flame of the memory in order to continue the noble tradition we have established from generation over generation, in order to never forget what really was WW2 with it’s horrible procession of massacres, blood and grieves, in order to ensure that never more there will be war, that conflicts will be solved by peaceful ways, never more Oradour-sur-Glane, Mont Valérien, hostages shouting, never more yellow stars, ghettos and extermination camps.
Extract from Isi Blum’s speech at the Bagneux ceremony
Published in “Notre Volonté” June 1965



Our annual ceremony on October 14th 2007 in front of numerous officials, military and civil authorities representatives, associations and Jewish cult representatives.

Many standard-bearers representing veterans associations