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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)1 46 33 87 56
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Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the...

Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 French citizens who died in concentration camps during World War II.

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Whilst recently doing research for my novel about the Jewish community in Parish during the Nazi occupation of WWII I was advised by a kindly café owner to visit this monument... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst recently doing research for my novel about the Jewish community in Parish during the Nazi occupation of WWII I was advised by a kindly café owner to visit this monument, located at the rear of the gardens of Notre Dame. I'm glad I did. We were met at the gates by a security team (male & female) who looked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The world stopped as we descended the steps into this Memorial. The business of Paris disappears and we were alone trying to make sense of what had transpired all this years ago. There was no English translation that we could see but that didn't lessen the impact of our experience. Take the time to walk past Notre Dame cathedral and... More 

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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, adjust your expectations accordingly. You will not find photos, documents or other materials such that you find in various Holocaust museums in other countries. This is a memorial dedicated to remembering and honoring the 200,000 French Jews who were "deported" to various German concentration camps. It is a stark and dramatic experience that is simple in its design and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a silent and sacred memorial to the 200,000 French people who were shipped off to concentration camps in WW2. You are swallowed into this memorial as you descend into a stark testiment to the victims. 200,000 lighted crystals are on display in the main chamber that has a eternal flame of hope inside. As you enter the attendant... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My rating is based on the presentation. There is no English translation of any words you see or anything about the Memorial. Maybe there is a guide given out, but when we were there in early October there was nothing.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A sobering memorial to a dark time in European history. Walk to the tip of the island behind Notre Dame. Quite the introspective experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

A monument to the memory of the thousands of Jews who were deported from France and sent to extermination camps. It is located on the point of land behind Notre Dame near the bridge leading to Ile St. Louis. It's a 30 minute visit at most but it is moving in it's simplicity. Google it for more details.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It is called the "Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation." It is located at the eastern tip of the Ile de la Cite' behind Notre Dame. I think you have to be looking for it as it is actually underground. It is very impressive. This was built as a memorial (hence its name) to the 200,000 French persons who were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A very somber and respectful homage to the thousands of Jews who were deported during World War II. It is a piece of art as well as a memorial. Rick Steves does cover the memorial in his Historical Paris Walking Tour podcast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

If you are seeing Notre Dame, you can spare a few minutes to visit this memorial. As you walk down the narrow stairs you get a feeling of claustrophobia but when you get inside, the walls are blank and you get a feeling of hopelessness. The barred widow looks out onto the Seine but there is no freedom. The memorial... More 

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Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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