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Memorial de la Shoah (Shoah Memorial)

17, rue Geoffroy-l'Asnier, 75004 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
+33 (0)1 42 77 44 72
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Ranked #22 of 755 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The Mémorial de la Shoah based in Rue Geoffroy Asni in Paris opened its doors in January 2005. The institution wants to be a bridge between... more »
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Dijon, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It's a very powerful place. It humbles you and makes you remember the history of this area and makes you remember that the Marais wasn't always a peaceful place. One of the best Holocaust memorials I have seen.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This memorial is a powerful place to visit in the Marais. It reminds us of the terrible things that happened to the Jewish people in the past and a reminder to be mindful of our future. It is done with such respect and dignity.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a very moving museum. I wanted to go and see the names of my great aunt and uncle who were rounded up and taken to Auschwitz. It's heartbreaking to look at the names and see entire families wiped out. I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked as I had three small children... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A visit in the museum will take between 1h to 3h, depends on whether you would like to read all the exhibitions. It's free and has some interesting design decisions.

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This had to be one of the saddest memorials I have ever visited. It's dedicated to the 76000 Jews who were killed, including 11000 of them children. The photographs and descriptions are heart rendering , but it's a story that needs to be heard. It's a difficult building to find. We eventually found it after crossing the bridge from ille... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This place is not too easy to find, but worth the effort. Very thorough and comprehensive history of Jews in France before, during and after WWII. We learned a lot and were very much moved by the experience. Lots of photos and much of the text is in English which was much appreciated. You gain more appreciation for what the... More

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israeli in ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

liked the architecture and the exhibits. the courtyard with the walls of names was very impressive. also the memorial candle burning downstairs - reminded me of yad vashem. the museum is just the right size.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We didn't begin our day in Paris knowing we would find this amazing memorial. I'm so glad we did!! Prior to entering the memorial you see the wall of names and quickly realize the impact the Holocaust had in France. It is a very quiet experience where one can examine the past and the future. I highly recommend a visit.... More

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Oakville, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Our visit started with the only security Xray search we had experienced since the airport. I can understand why. Antisemitism is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Sad, but true. Once inside, you see the large cylindrical drum that has the names of all the concentration camps where Jewish victims of the Holocaust perished. Also near it, is a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What am amazing experience and that's even before you visit the actual collection. I was taken aback reading all the names listed, the crypt made me very emotional (I have no idea why) and the collection was very informative. A must visit for all.

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