Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine

  • Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation
  • CDJC
Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence



When the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine was founded in 1943 in Grenoble by a committee set up by Isaac Schneersohn, it was a clandestine organization. Its specific objective was to document the Shoah by pooling the information of Jewish organizations and scholars and by collecting documentary evidence. After the liberation of France in 1944, the founder, Isaac Schneersohn, and Léon Poliakov, in charge of research, moved the CDJC to Paris to save it from destruction and to sequester the archives of the Vichy government and of the German occupying forces. Later the CDJC became one of the official repositories of the Nuremberg trial documents.


  • Founded and active in France.