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. Put Site Memorial du Camp des Milles into our Aix-en-Provence itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

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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  • This former brick factory in Les Milles, outside Aix-en-Provence, was used between 1939-42 as an internment center to detain ‘undesirable’ people. The first group of of people interned at the Camp des...  more »
  • Not for the faint of heart, this detention camp played a role in the detention of emigrants and foreigners, suspects at the beginning of WWII, then contributed to the detention and shipping of Jewish ...  more »
  • We were a bit surprised to have our bags x rayed and to pass through a metal detector, but the staff were friendly once we'd managed to get in. We paid the extra for an English audio guide which helpe...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A place which questions humanity.
  • A place to understand and remember what happened there during WWII. Interesting historical building and also a wagon used for deportation.
  • Great museum - very informative and thought-provoking exhibits and great setting. An easy bus or bike trip from Aix and definitely worth it.
  • An essential place of memory. Understand to not reproduce. Very well done, very interesting.
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