Marie Moutier-Bitan

Graduated from the Sorbonne and EHESS, Marie Moutier-Bitan works as a postdoctoral researcher at CERCEC as part of the Visual History of the Holocaust project. She is a historian specialized in the Holocaust in the occupied Soviet Union. For more than 10 years she worked as a researcher in the Yahad-In Unum association, led by Father Patrick Desbois. As a team leader and interviewer, she made more than twenty research trips to Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Moldova, and Lithuania. The assignments comprised interviewing witnesses to the extermination of Jews and locating shooting sites. She created a database in which the collected testimonies were gathered. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Denis Peschanski, focused on “The License to Kill. The first step of the extermination of the Jews in Eastern Galicia, June 22 – August 1, 1941”. She was awarded several fellowships, including a fellowship at Yad Vashem (July 2018).

Marie Moutier-Bitan published Les Champs de la Shoah (Passés composés, 2020). She wrote several works on the rescue of Jews and survival strategies in the occupied Soviet territories (Nouvelle Histoire de la Shoah, Passés Composés, 2021). She also explored in depth the correspondence of German soldiers in monographs (Lettres de la Wehrmacht, Perrin, 2014), articles (“La loyauté des soldats allemands à Hitler”, Histoire @ Politique, 2019) and documentaries (Dans l’œil de l’occupant, France 5, 2022). She has given courses and lectures at Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne and at the University Champollion of Albi, and regularly speaks at the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris).

Participation in Events

VHH Research Seminar – Session 10: Between Fiction and History: Ethical Questions during the Historical Research for Son of Saul

Research Seminar

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 28.04.2022, 18:00

Moving Images from the Archives. Historical Footage of Nazi Crimes in Documentaries


Sunday, 08.05.2022, 18:00 to Tuesday, 10.05.2022, 17:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 11: By Filming, by Writing. Photographic Testimonies of the Nazi Camps

Research Seminar

Thursday, 09.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 09.06.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 12: Writing the History of the Holocaust and of Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Kharkiv

Research Seminar

Thursday, 16.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 16.06.2022, 18:00

Migrating Images and Image Migration: How Popular Culture Shapes the Visual History of the Holocaust


Monday, 12.09.2022, 18:00 to Wednesday, 14.09.2022, 20:00

Documenting Nazi Crimes through Film: Soviet Union, 1942–1945


Thursday, 24.11.2022, 09:30 to Sunday, 27.11.2022, 16:30

Participation in Videos

The Geography of the Holocaust through Soviet Cameras: Research Perspectives

Friday, 25.11.2022

Concluding Remarks

Saturday, 26.11.2022

Researcher (Soviet films and related documents about the Holocaust)
CERCEC – EHESS, 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – France