Fondation de la Mémoire Contemporaine / Stichting voor de Eigentijdse Herinnering

  • Foundation of Contemporary Memory


The Contemporary Memory Foundation was established in 1994 as an Academic Institute of Research. Based in Brussels, the Foundation works in close partnership with the Interdisciplinary Center for Religions and Secularism Studies department (CIERL – Centre interdisciplinaire d’Etude des Religions et de la Laïcité) of the Brussels Free University (ULB – Université Libre de Bruxelles). The Foundation brings to light the history of the Jews in Belgium and their contribution to Belgian society during the 20th century, and makes these topics known to the public at large through their publications.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The Contemporary Memory Foundation is building an overall biographic data base regarding the lives and deeds of significant personalities of the Belgian Jewish Community, who played an active part in various fields like community and religious life as well as : civil service, diplomacy, European and international institutions; entreprises; fincancial institutions; academic world; judicial authorities and bar; the army; cultural creation whether it be plastic arts, music or litterature; political life; media; sport; professional or civil associations; social foundations… These biographic files are accessible to the public in our Documentation Center.

Archival and Other Holdings

The following are available for consultation at the documentation center : Interviews (and transcripts) carried out or collected by the Foundation, subject to conditions of confidentiality requested by interviewed eyewitnesses, biographic files, press review, documents and activity reports published by Community associations and various institutions, Jewish or not and a photographic library collecting iconographic documents provided by interviewed eyewitnesses.

Conditions of Access

The Contemporary Memory Foundation’s Documentation Center is accessible by appointment to all persons conducting a relevant specialised research.


  • Foundation of Contemporary Memory website consulted on 29/10/2014

    Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1328 p.