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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #168 of 788 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was one of the most moving, haunting and deeply sad places I have ever been in my life. And I don't think this was an intellectual response. It was as if the spirits of those 200,000 people shipped off to die were occupying that cramped space. Positively oppressive. Glad I went.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Don't know when it will re-open but doesn't look like it will be soon. Had to give it a rating and gave it Poor because the website doesn't indicate it's closed. They really should give notice of that for those who go to the trouble of visiting the site.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A very effective simple memorial on the south eastern tip of Île de la Cité just behind Notre Dame. It is hidden away below ground behind austere concrete walls. It's construction is designed to portray a feeling of isolation. You feel very cut off once you enter and surrounded by high walls. All views of Paris are gone and it... More

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Midlands, UK
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Only takes 30 minutes to visit but my word it is haunting. An amazing design that is quietly moving. So very well done. Take the time out to add it to your day.

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Oakville, Ontario
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84 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is an austere and haunting memorial. It consists of a long, long passage with marble studded walls - a marble for each of the Holocaust victims deported to camps from France. It is one of several monuments in Paris acknowledging the atrocities of the Holocaust and the role France played in it, from civil servants rounding of innocent people... More

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Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
85 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Really close to the back of Notre Dame, it's not well marked. Worth visiting as like all effective memorials, it makes its point in a clear, subtle way.

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

For all that visit Notre Dave, this hidden memorial is only a 2 minute walk away that is frequently overlooked. Sitting at the point of the island on the up-stream side of Notre Dame is a small park and memorial to the many people who were deported from France during World War II, most of whom never returned. The park... More

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Otford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

On an extremely busy Saturday, midday with lots of tourists around the memorial was closed and padlocked. The grass and gardens in front also appeared to be overgrown. Not sure why as website is still up and running. At least we came across the love padlock bridge next to it which we would have missed otherwise.

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Brea, California
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

For whatever reason, this small park and memorial has closed and the grounds are under disrepair. There is graffiti on the entrance gate and the lawn is also not kept up. The small museum itself is locked with a small sign indicating it is closed and with no explanation. We wondered if this isn't a result of the new anti-semitism... More

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Bremen, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation - The Memorial of the Deportation The general rush of tourists bypasses this must-see site. Amidst all the famed romanticism of Paris, take 30 mins to visit this memorial. The memorial is designed to draw you into the experience of the victims. As you descend the steps, the city around you disappears. Surrounded by... More

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