Tools and documents
The “Concours National de la Résistance” is a national competition in France for students completing projects on the Resistance. When the yearly topic is aligned with its own working areas, the Maison d’Izieu compiles documents to give teachers and students tools for discussion and thought.
This section makes the following available for download: thematic educational sheets, compilations of archival documents and historiographical summaries. New material is continually being added.
- Children and adolescents in the Nazi concentration camp systemCompilation of educational materials for the “Concours National de la Résistance et de la Déportation” – 2009During the Second World War, children were only sent to Nazi concentration camps as a result of specific, exceptional situations. Consequently, children and teenagers were found in a limited number of camps.
In these educational materials, the Maison d’Izieu focuses on how the anti-Semitic policy of the Vichy government and the Nazi policy of genocide impacted Jewish children.
- Assistance offered to people who were persecuted and hunted down in France during the Second World War: A form of resistanceCompilation of educational materials for the “Concours National de la Résistance et de la Déportation” – 2008This compilation is put together by the Maison d’Izieu and the “Musée d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation de l’Ain et du Haut-Jura” (Ain departmental museum of the French Resistance and the deportation, in the city of Nantua). Taking the form of archives and testimonials, it contains examples of assistance provided to people who were persecuted and hunted down in the Ain Department.
The museum in Nantua specifically analyses the assistance provided to Resistance workers by the health organisation of the maquis (rural Resistance fighters) and highlights the role of the Department’s Righteous Among Nations.
The documents compiled by the Maison d’Izieu highlight the wide range of assistance that the refugee children of Izieu received from isolated individuals or structured organisations.