In 1987, the trial of Klaus Barbie in Lyon allowed several of the Izieu children’s home’s key historical figures to come together, more than forty years after the events: Sabine Zlatin, who founded the camp in 1943, Pierre-Marcel Wiltzer, the former sub-prefect of Belley, Gabrielle Tardy (or Perrier by her maiden name), who was the teacher at the home, Léon Reifman, a doctor, Paulette Pallarés, who helped the carers in the summer of 1943, and some of those who were welcomed at the home as children (Paul Niedermann, Samuel Pintel, Hélène, Bernard and Adolphe Waysenson, etc.)) or their families (Fortunée Benguigui, Alexandre and Ita-Rose Halaunbrenner, etc.).
The “Memorial Museum of the Children of Izieu” [Musée mémorial des enfants d’Izieu] association was officially created on 4 March 1988.
Its first board of directors included, among others, Sabine Zlatin and Pierre-Marcel Wiltzer, local elected officials and state representatives from the National Office for Veterans and Victims of War [Office National des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerres] and from the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions [Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France].
The association’s goal was to open a memorial on the Izieu site for educational purposes.
In July 1990, thanks to national fundraising, the association acquired the house that was home to the children. The President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, included the creation of a museum dedicated to the children of Izieu as part of the “Grands Travaux” program.
On 24 April 1994, the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, inaugurated the “Memorial Museum of the Children of Izieu”.
Since 2000, the association has been called “Maison d’Izieu, Memorial to the Exterminated Jewish Children” [Association de la Maison d’Izieu, mémorial des enfants juifs exterminés].
On 6 April 2015, the President of the Republic, François Hollande, inaugurated the Sabine and Miron Zlatin building and the new permanent exhibition at the Maison d’Izieu.
Board of directors
The board of directors is made up of fifteen to eighteen members elected by the general assembly and nine ex officio members: the mayors of Izieu and Brégnier-Cordon, representatives from the public authorities linked to the association and two of the children who formerly attended the camp.
It is vested with considerable power to make decisions on the association’s purpose, operation and development, within the framework of the guidelines and actions outlined by the general assembly.
Members of the association’s bureau*
* updated on 02 may 2022
Members of the board of directors*
Ex officio members
Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Rector of the Lyon Academy, Rector of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes academic region
Ministry of Defence, Directorate of Memory, Heritage and Archives, Sub-Directorate of Memory and Educational Action
President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
President of the Ain Departmental Council
Mayor of Izieu
Mayor of Brégnier-Cordon
Members representing the “Former residents of Izieu”
Members of the scientific council on the board of directors
Founding members of the association
Founding President (13/01/1907-21/09/1996)
President of the Association of the “Memorial Museum of the Children of Izieu” from 1988 to 1995 (14/04/1910-01/03/1999)
* updated on 09 march 2022
The scientific council
The scientific council brings people together who were chosen for their skills, work and influence in the areas related to the association’s aims. Its members are appointed by the board of directors.
Chaired by Brigitte Sion, it proposes work guidelines for the Maison d’Izieu and plays an advisory role to the board of directors and management.
Members of the scientific council:
Jean Paul Jean
* updated on 09 march 2022
Members and the general assembly
The general assembly brings together all the association’s associate members.
It is competent in all matters regarding the association and meets at least once a year, usually on the last Sunday in April.
To join and support the association, simply sign up via the online form. Active members may attend the general assembly and vote if they are up to date with their membership fees. All new members must have signed up by 31 January of that year. Failing this, anyone who joined the association between the 1st of February and the date of the general assembly may attend this meeting but will be unable to vote.