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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 #24 of 788 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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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

On my last trip it was closed for repairs. I've been twice before. Of the many WWII/Holocaust memorials, I thought this one was rather dull. Not much to it, but if you are visiting Notre Dame, might as well stop in and make your own judgment. It is within a block of ND.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This memorial has been so carefully and thoughtfully created, you leave it feeling completely drained. The walls of names, so many families, all with their own individual but mostly untold story, start your visit. Seeing the walls of photos really affected me, as faces seem to make the facts more personal. Records, clothing, personal and other items are well displayed... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is somewhere that I tell everyone going to paris to find. I happened upon it by just walking the strrets. We hyad gone to Norte Dame and then was walking behing there. I noticed this memorial. I found it so moving and a must to see. IT WAS A REALITY that can't be hidden from. I think it is... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A very moving experience, to see the walls of names and pictures, the Vichy police files, as you move slowly from room to room in the basement, with only artificial light. Expecially moving was the reference to the African genocide, more recent, not Jewish but essentially the same terrible atrocity.

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This memorial focussing on the gradual marginalisation, persecution, deportation and murder of the Jews in France is one of the most moving museums I have visited. Its power lies in the simplicity and ordinariness of everyday lives. The ways in which a minority group were very gradually marginalised and the gradual rise of their persecutors from fringe fanatical groups of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I was spent when I left. The loveliest location near the Seine. No charge. Moving, moving, moving. The ghetto exhibit is incredible and appears extended beyond its end date. The police files on Jews from wartime are shocking. Just displayed not open to public scrutiny. Available to scholars. Their existence shocks. The permanent exhibit includes jewels such as the religious... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I've been to many Holocaust museums all over the world. This one, to me, was one of the best. It is definitely not the biggest, doesn't have the most information, pictures and artifacts but it does speak to the emotions quite well. If you have any interest in the Shoah, this museum is well worth your time.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

An honest reflection by French must include the reality that Vichy France was complacent and complicit in 80,000 Parisian Jews being deported and gassed. Contrast this with Dutch whose king stood up to Hitler and demanded his Jews be left alone. Hitler blinked and Dutch Jews lived. This museum does not forthrightly deal with French reality and deserved shame

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

It's a small museum and would not take long therefore it's an absolute must to pay tribute by visiting. It's free as well. Very well maintained and put together it's a moving tribute to French and world Jews who perished during the holocaust as well as all others who helped save them. It's comprised of an outdoor and an indoor... More

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

An absolute must for anyone who wants to know more about the experiences of parisian jews during the war. An incredibly moving and interesting experience. The walls of names of those that died and pictures of children that went to their deaths during this terrible period of history moved me to tears. May this place remain as a lesson to... More

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