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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 200,000...

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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Not to be forgotten...

The memorial is dedicated to the two hundred thousand people who were deported to the concentration camps during the World War II. It was designed by French architect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Rijeka, Croatia

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The memorial is dedicated to the two hundred thousand people who were deported to the concentration camps during the World War II. It was designed by French architect Georges-Henri Pingusson and opened in 1962. It is a moving and solemn place, designed intentionally in a way to cause a claustrophobic feeling due to its long and narrow subterranean space accessible... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This hidden gem should be must-stop after Notre Dame for all visitors. We were the only ones here at the time we went, which lent a further special feeling to the already very touching memorial. It is dug below ground level, which makes it exceptionally quiet despite the noise of the city you hear again as you climb back up... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is not well advertised or even seen but it sits at the end of the Pont Neuf. It is a memorial to all the people deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII and you MUST visit. It is so beautifully done that it really stirs the emotions in you. Every aspect has been considered and reflects these tragic events.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful memorial to our tragic past, this is certainly worth visiting and reflecting on past events. Very close to the cathedral.

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I visited Paris in 1999 and had memories of a small but moving memorial I had visited. After some research, I found photos and found the location for my last trip. The memorial is very hidden and can't really be found in any guide books or maps I had seen. When we walked down the narrow steps into the memorial,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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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Hervey Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

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 November 1, 2015 via mobile

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 October 24, 2015

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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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

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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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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