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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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  • Tour, to never forget. You come out upset. The tour is suitable for children.
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  • The sanctuary, I think we can give him that name is inconspicuous, like to remind that the drama has remained invisible to its beginning. We go down a narrow staircase, which symbolizes the entrance to a place where there is little chance of getting out. The rooms are deliberately dark, to remain in this atmosphere of horror. First, we see the names of camps and deportation, and places - just in front of us - a closed gallery containing 200 000 sticks of glass (probably Golden) representing the victims of deportation in France. The rooms are grey, dark and oppressive. They contain little touches of color, I noted two: a message from children thanking the "doc" of a camp, a true picture of kids may not yet aware of the place where they were, and a small poster summarizing different triangles of color sewn onto the "uniform" of the deportees, according to race, religion, politics... Otherwise, pictures or drawings in black and white, testimonies of horror. We end up not only more too know how we get out of this mausoleum, it is symbolic and wanted. An audio guide is available at the reception. Dress and respect indispensable, that goes without saying. Do at least once, especially if you didn't go on site, for example at Auschwitz-Birkenau, to keep the memory and get to those who are too young to know.
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  • Located right behind Notre Dame is this memorial dedicated to those Jews deported to one of the many major concentration camps in Germany and Poland. From the start you are made aware of how small you...  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.