Discover the Jewish heritage of Central France: the guide to historic spots in the Auvergne and Limousin.
Place de la Victoire
Jewish information and resources, http://juif-clermont.org/
Among the highlights of Jewish France travel in Clermont-Ferrand, it's unique and memorising 19th-century Synagogue is a site not to miss . Although its interior is not that well maintained, some aspects have been kept intact and worth the visit. You can come every Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning by appointment.
6, rue Blatin, tel. 04.73.93.36.59. http://juif-clermont.org/content/view/81/62/
There is a medieval Jewish cemetery in the town of Ennezat, 20 km northeast of Clermont-Ferrand. To schedule a visit, call the Clermont-Ferrand Jewish community center.
tel. 04.73.93.36.59, http://juif-clermont.org/
During World War II, the Limousin region’s département of La Creuse was the first place in France to establish safe homes for Jewish children rescued in Germany and hidden by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE). The OSE also created the Garel Network that evacuated many children to the United States. The Children of Chabannes, a film produced and directed by Lisa Gossels, daughter of one of the children hidden at the Château de Chabannes, recounts the story (www.childrenofchabannes.org). Many of the safe homes still exist, especially in La Creuse and in the département of Haute-Vienne.
The Château de Chabannes near the village of Dun-le-Palestel (30 km northwest of Guéret) is now a hotel. It was a refuge for some 400 children between 1939 and 1944.
Jewish tours can be easily arranged with your chosen travel agency. Jewish travel in France is a once in a lifetime experience you shouldn’t miss!