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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  • We live about 20 km from the site, and don't yet had not yet visited it. It's made and without regret. Hospitality is really great, the staff is passionate and exciting. The goal is to inform the visitor but also to reflect on the reasons, the causes and the consequences of these dark years. I recommend strongly the book "The devil in France" of Lion Feuchtwanger, who recounts his visit to the camp of miles, and allows you to really understand what happened between these walls. All all downside: the site does not have cheques cultures, what is very unfortunate when we know the mission of education and transmission of this memorial.
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  • Excellent interesting tour for adults and teens. The welcome was warm and supported by young people permeated by history and who want that history is not forgotten. Beautiful reflection that arises from this tour moving, unsettling.
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  • visit what do with support audio very practical in different languages to do not miss because it must be borne in mind that everything is possible even l, unthinkable men are capable of, horror has all times; it must be keep heads than even today It still exists and that n is not in france, but this cannot and must not leave us insensitive.
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  • Poignant reminder of man’s inhumanity to man especially to those who do not fit in or conform. The camp has three significant periods: the first is the roundup and internment of potential enemy combatants, especially Germans and Austrians. The second is the roundup by the Vichy government of undesirables. The third is the roundup and deportation of the Jews. The museum does a very good job of presenting this difficult history but that being said, the museum needs to review the signage. One can easily lose one’s way. In addition, it is difficult to know where to find the “salle des peintures” where the murals are located. I highly recommend a visit. To properly visit you need 3 to 4 hours. It also may be too graphic for small children. People who think and believe the holocaust never occurred NEED TO VISIT.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting and educational experience of the Holocaust and the role of France. A one to two hour visit for both adults and kids.
  • Interesting story and presentation of that story.

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