The synagogue of Amiens, 12, rue du Cloître de la Barge, was dedicated on November 3, 1935, in the presence of religious leaders and civil and military authorities. Jean Moulin, later to become a famous martyr of the Resistance, was present as Secretary General of the Prefecture. The documents here mainly concern the fate of the building during the Occupation, when the German and French authorities intermittently attempted to sell the building within which the synagogue occupied the ground floor. A number of important documents relating to the synagogue and the Association Cultuelle des Israelites de la Somme (the organized Jewish community association) may be found on the Departmental Archives portal: http://archives.somme.fr
Raymond Schulhof organized a plan for his mother-in-law, Louise Levy, and two of his children, Gisele and Pierre, to escape to the unoccupied zone but they were arrested just short of the line of demarcation, along with Mme Dubois, an acquaintance, not Jewish, from Amiens who agreed to accompany them on this dangerous mission. Schulhof pleaded with the prefect of the Somme to use his influence to liberate his children from the camp of Pithiviers and his mother in law from the camp of Beaune-la-Rollande. Both appeals succeeded. However, his attempt, as a representative of the Union Generale des Israelites Francais (U.G.I.F.), to intervene on behalf of another child Jeanine Khaiete who had gone to school in Amiens but who had been arrested with her parents in Normandy, were not successful, and she and her parents were deported to Sobibor where they died. Schulhof, and his wife Fleurette, nee Levy, her mother Louise Levy, and an adopted child, Georges Hirsch were arrested in Amiens January 4, 1944 and deported to Auschwitz where all perished. Raymond and Fleurette’s three biological children escaped over the rooftops of Amiens. The poignant memoir of Ginette Hirtz, now deceased, is the most compelling piece of writing to date on the Schulhof family and the Shoah in Amiens in general. Les hortillonages sous la grêle: une famille juive en France sous l'occupation (Mercure de France, Paris : 1982).