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“Never Forget” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #158 of 636 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner 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.
Langley City, Canada
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“Never Forget”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have been to a significant number of memorials dedicated to those persecuted in World War II, and while this is not the largest, it is the most unique. tucked away at the tip of Ile de la Cite (and slightly down and underground, just a few blocks from Notre Dame), this subtle and quiet memorial pays tribute to the 200,000 people deported from France to concentration camps.

There isn't a lot to see here, but it is beautifully done, and a place worth stopping and paying respect.

Visited July 2013
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“small but significant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Not well marked and a little hard to find as the sign points a in the wrong direction. Not busy but meaningful. Close to the bridge with the "love locks". Behind Notre Dame Cathedral. Most people don't seem aware it exits. Definitely worth the visit esp. if you're at Notre Dame. Also see Shoah Museum. And if you have time on a Sunday that museum has a shuttle to Drancy; one of the camps where victims of the "velodrome" roundup were sent. There's also a memorial near where the Velodrome D'hiver used to be and it's walking distance form the Eiffel Tower. Again no one was there and it seems that none of these are on any "regular" tourist maps.

Visited August 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Forgive but remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is without a doubt the most moving memorial in Paris...and so little known.Tucked away at the northern tip of Ile de la Cité, behind Notre Dame, down some very narrow and steep steps, is this poignant monument to the 200,000 people deported from France to concentration camps. It is a place you enter in silence and awe. Two Hundred Thousand tiny lights commemorate each of the lost and a central light denotes the tomb of an unknown deportee. What adds to the impact are the etchings on the concrete walls of the lines from the most beautiful of French Resistance poetry, notably that of Sartre, Aragon and the tragic Robert Desnos , himself deported and killed. The theme is the love of liberty and the need to forgive but never forget. It will stay with you forever. Not suitable for wheelchair users. If you apply in advance tothe Ministry of Defense, you can be given a private visit to the photographic archives on the first floor which tells the story of some of the 200,000 deported.. This is usually closed to the general public.

Visited June 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Emotional”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Just at the back of the Notre Dame is this. Something you wouldn't know about unless you walked past, like us. There might not be a lot to see but it is very emotional. Worth a visit

Visited July 2013
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“Little known but shouldn't be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I wouldn't have known about this memorial, down some steps in a corner of a quiet garden near to the bustle of Notre Dame, if a friend had not told me about it. It is very simple but very moving with each light representing someone who didn't come back from the Nazi concentration camps. It was an education for my 13 year old grandson, who spent a lot of time reading the information board. It is free to visit but I think only a few people are allowed down at a time, so that the reflective mood is not lost. Even so, we didn't have to queue for more than a few minutes. Don't miss it.

Visited June 2013
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