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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, Paris

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On the site of a former morgue, Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation remembers the 76,000 people deported from Vichy France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. This vast, dimly-lit, hexagonal crypt opens out to a gallery covered by illuminated rods, which represent the people who were deported and killed in the camps. Two small galleries on the sides of the crypt contain soil from different camps, as well as ashes from several cremation ovens preserved in triangular urns. To visit Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris holiday planner.
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  • The memorial is accessible on the île de la Cité in the back of our Lady. There is possibility to visit the garden or the memorial which is available below. You enter through a deliberately narrow and dimly lit corridor. It is sober, simple, overwhelming the visiting moving. The explanations are interesting, full of emotions, to never forget.
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  • Very impressive place, visit non-committal in terms of time but which remains imprinted with an effective summary of the Holocaust seen in particular from France
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  • The memorial was closed the last time I've been in Paris, so it was a priority this time, and I'm glad I could make it. The Memorial is very impacting and beaufitul, in part because it's not crowded (...  more »
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  • A hidden surprise... It is an unique structure... A very well designed and displayed memorial. Powerful experience. It's free... Definitely worth a stop!
  • When are we going to learn? A very important place to come to and reflect.
  • Hidden from the crowds of turists that are around Notre-Dame, this place pays hommage to the deporteds of WW II. With it's sober and refined architecture, you'll find yourself in a quiet place, that alludes nevertheless to the heavy crimes commited in the past.
  • Nice place to have a bag lunch. Jacque Demolay was burned at the stake here.
  • A haunting reminder of the horrors of discrimination. Tucked away behind the Notre Dame. Which is actually a blessing as most 'tourists' have no idea it's there in the heart of Paris. Hence no crowds.