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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 #23 of 734 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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Atlanta, GA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a very moving memorial that presents a balanced view of France’s participation in World War II. The permanent exhibit documents both the Vichy government’s collaboration with the Nazis and honors the Righteous Among the Nations, those non-Jews who risked their lives to save others. A very disturbing reminder that anti-semitism is alive and well is the tight security... More

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I decided to visit the Memorial as way of paying my respect to the victims and learn a little bit about the history of the holocaust in France. It's a very, very low key memorial. Free entry. There are names on the memorial walls of those who died, a very small collection of the atrocity in Rwanda, an artificial flame,... More

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Oakland, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This little memorial is low keyed but all the more powerful for it. Be prepared for a moving experience of the unfortunate collaboration in France of the deportation of its citizens who happened to be Jewish.

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Glen Ellyn, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I read about this memorial and felt we had to see it both to pay respects and learn from the history. The security was very tight and it almost felt odd that there had to be so much of it since it wasn't anything I had ever experienced. There are walls outside the main entrance with the names of every... More

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Paris, France
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

How can one rate a Memorial. One goes to pays ones respect and to think......Being in Paris, walking the streets and feeling the history of the city, reading the sad tales of the occupants shipped out of the city during the second world war, I was really pleased to have a memorial to collect my thoughts. (I had not expected... More

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Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Despite the tragic subject, the Shoah Memorial does an excellent job of helping the world understand the centuries of persecution Jews in France faced. As a Christian, it was very educational and moving. Must see!

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Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Any and all intelligent, educated, and enlightened person who visit Paris should visit the Memorial. I have visited other Holocaust sites and this ranks among the best, especially in its historical value with a completely personal touch.It's educational, moving, distressing, and unforgettable.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A well documented area of history of the Nazi era, but the French tend to limit their contribution to the Nazi crimes in it.

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Spokane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The young women who manned the desks and chairs were very helpful and informative. There was a lot of information to absorb; it was gripping to see the dossiers that covered specific people, but it was difficult because it was a given that many of the people listed did not survive. Everyone should see the special exhibit on the ghettos... More

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I found the museum to be very tasteful, somber but none the less, very hard-hitting in its preservation of the horrifying experiences Jews were forced to endure during the second world war, both in France and beyond it. A mixed collection of photographs, films and printed information. Mostly in french, but with some English translations provided as well. Definitely a... More

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