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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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  • Lesser known and tucked away at the point of the island behind Notre Dame Cathedral, this small memorial is very unique in its architectural concept starting with the narrow stairs going down the rive...  more »
  • We pass by the plaza Juan XXIII, we were sitting awhile and when we were going we saw a triangular, fencing, space without any plant, flower or green which incited to enter. It was the place of recognition or memorial of the Jewish victims of the Nazis which was built in 1954 and which is entered by the triangular space (Square de l' île de France)
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  • In 1962 Charles de Gaulle, then President of France, ordered the construction of this memorial to the 200,000 French who were deported during the occupation by the Nazis during WWII.The deported were ...  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.