Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, Les Milles

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Get a glimpse of World War II history by visiting Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Today one of UNESCO's headquarters, it was once an internment camp for German and Austrian men, and later the place of transit for Jewish men. See the works of artists interned there, visit the preserved areas where they lived, and learn about genocide. You can walk the path people took on their way to deportation to concentration camps, see a gallery with paintings, and view a wagon that shows where the deportation took place. Plan to visit Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Aix-en-Provence attractions using our Aix-en-Provence road trip planning website .
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  • A family visit in order to pass the duty to remember, among others, the great of 7 years who loved. Playful, rich, with transverse elements to other terrible moments that the man decided to do to humanity... Not to be missed!
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  • Visit to 3 parts which requires an audio guide for understanding. It's the memory of Jews and of people locked up, moving and too little-known. It's the end of the visit, which is a little too "class morality in school" which annoyed me a bit. That said it's a great idea to try to move the conscience for "never again". There are movies and it takes 3 hours for a good visit.
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  • Visit with my teenage daughter. Very moving works especially in the cellars which testify an attempt to temporarily live this cursed place such a cabaret... Do not forget. Commemorate the martyrdoms of those families abandoned Nazi cruelty. The paralleling of Jewish, Armenian, and Tutsi genocide illuminates the end of the visit.
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  • I wasn't aware of the role of Vichy France in gathering Jews and sending them to German concentration camps. This museum details the national and local French efforts to aid the Nazis and individual efforts to resist them. The stories of the people sent here is also detailed. A sobering and less known part of WW2. Highly recommended.
  • Very interesting and educational experience of the Holocaust and the role of France. A one to two hour visit for both adults and kids.
  • You must visit this museum. Short direct bus ride from Aix. Brings to life the French war experience. Not very crowded, eerie, profound. Excellent exhibits and powerful place often left as it was. My 13 yer old son was very moved.
  • Interesting story and presentation of that story.
  • Very interesting

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To explore the old town's shops, markets, and bookstores on foot, stay at one of the city's centrally located hotels. Just a short drive from this busy central area are a selection of luxurious villas, surrounded by formal gardens and private swimming pools. Though rather expensive, these elegant mansions provide a convenient base from which to explore the cultured area surrounding the city. For a cheaper alternative, look for private inns and B&Bs on the edge of town.
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