Montpellier’s City Hall welcomes the exhibition dedicated by the Holocaust Memorial to an exceptional couple, Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, and their “Combats for memory” from 1968 to 1978.
A tribute to Montpellier’s Michel Soulas, Serge Klarsfeld’s half-brotherThe exhibition covers a broader period, beyond that specific decade. “We look back at their childhood and adolescence, when they met, and the first observations that led to the slap,” explains Olivier Lalieu.
To document the exhibition in a unique manner, the Holocaust Memorial worked with personal aspects regarding the Klarsfelds, combining their public and private lives, including documents, photographs, objects, medals, clothing, and more.
Serge and Beate Klarsfeld are already citizens of honor in Montpellier, which they visited several times for public events. They will be present on November 28 to inaugurate the exhibition. One hour earlier, the City of Montpellier will have inaugurated an alley named after Michel Soulas.
“Our goal was to also show the normal side of these exceptional people, to represent their humanity and make them present in the exhibition,” confides the historian.
Just like the Klarsfeld spouses, Michel Soulas – who passed away in 2016 – never stopped fighting against all types of discrimination.
“An elected municipal official from 1989 to 2001, Michel Soulas was also Serge Klarsfeld’s half-brother,” adds Olivier Lalieu.