We should like to express our
gratitude to the two authors of these most valuable studies. Those or Mr.
Wellers appeared in "Le Monde Juif" (No. 86-1977 and 89-1978) and that of Dr.
Billig in "La Solution Finale de la Question Juive", a work which our
Foundation published in 1978.
Saint-Petersbourg, Russia, in 1900, Joseph Billig received his Ph. D. from the
University of Berlin in 1929. In 1939, Dr. Billig enlisted in the French Army,
was wounded in combat and from 1940 to 1945 was a prisoner of war in Germany.
In Nuremberg, he participated in the work of the American prosecution,
particularly in the case of A. Rosenberg. Until 1976, he was historian at the
Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Paris.
Dr. Billig has
published numerous articles as well as the following works, the titles of which
we translate here from the original French: -
Germany and Genocide
(Nazi Plans and Realizations). Ed. du Centre, Paris, 1950.
General Commission for Jewish Affairs. Three volumes, Ed. du Centre, Paris,
Alfred Rosenberg in the Ideological, Political and
Administrative Operations of the Hitlerian Reich. Ed. du Centre, Paris,
Hitlerism and the Concentrationary System. Presses
Universitaires de France, Paris, 1967.
Kiesinger or a Subtle Fascism,
Extra-Dienst Verlag, West-Berlin, 1969.
The Concentration Camps in
the Economy of the Third Reich. Presses Universitaires de France, Paris,
The Institute for Studies of Jewish Affairs. Ed. du Centre,
The Final Solution of the Jewish Question. Ed.
Klarsfeld, Paris, 1978.
Born in Russia in
1905, Georges Wellers studied at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of
Moscow. From 1932 to 1975, he carried on research in physiology in Paris, where
he was named director of a research laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine. From
1968 to 1974, he was also an adviser to the Dean of the Faculty. Laureate of
the Academy of Science and of the National Academy of Medicine, he is the
author of more than 150 articles published by the scientific press in France
and abroad. He is a member of various learned societies and is Honorary
Research Lecturer at the National Center of Scientific Research. Mr. Wellers
holds the decorations of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, Chevalier of the
National Order of Merit.