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Memorial du Camp de Rivesaltes

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Ghosts speak in this place - Memorial to humanity at it's worst

This was used as an internment camp by the French for refugees fleeing the Civil War in Spain... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
René A
Zurich, Switzerland
Mémorial du Camp de Rivesaltes.

I recently visited the new Memorial du Camp de Rivesaltes in France. Congratulations to all... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2018
Don S
County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was used as an internment camp by the French for refugees fleeing the Civil War in Spain, mainly republicans, men, women and children. Many were first interned on the beaches of Argeles and along that way. They were transferred from here to the infamous...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

I recently visited the new Memorial du Camp de Rivesaltes in France. Congratulations to all involved in bringing this project to reality. It is a very fine testament to the perseverance of many. I visited the Memorial to honour the memory of Ireland's Mary ELMES....More

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Reviewed September 3, 2018

This is a must see place for anybody who is interested in both the history and current day political situation in France as it confronts issues which France has found hard to deal with in the past. The exhibition is in French, however I think...More

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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Well-presented exhibition of what "camp" has meant in the last century. It's not just about the Holocaust, or localized civil war, or colonialism but about all - how people (of greater power) treat other people (of lesser power). Still very much relevant to today's geo-political...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

The Rivesaltes Camp was a large internment camp in which a variety of people have been kept. It was built in 1939 to house troops prior to WWII then housed some of the thousands of Spanish refugees who were fleeing over the Pyrenees to escape...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Until 1962 this camp has been used both for refugees and prisoners. It is interesting to see how refugees in the centuries were spread in the world. However if you do not speak the French language it is hardly interesting and then the 8 Euro...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

This Museum/Memorial is relatively new and not well promoted. It is a stunning building, set amongst the ruins of the camp that has been used for waves of refugees and internees over much of the 1930's to 1960's. It has superb interpretative material, mixing video,...More

1  Thank Sue R
Reviewed September 3, 2017

This museum is simply outstanding. It is reaonably well signposted from Perpignon, and there is ample parking, The architecture itself is unusual, with the huge memorial building part buried in the ground. The long corridors and internal structure reflect the history and human stories contained...More

1  Thank eagle22
Reviewed August 12, 2017

There are two parts to the museum the camp ruins above ground and the memorial museum below ground. It is all very moving and thoughtful. A time in history that should not be forgotten. Probably not suitable for young children as they would not understand...More

Thank Rosan58
Reviewed March 13, 2017

We have been visiting the region since 1990 and were aware of the camp and the fact that many refugees had come over the border at the end of the Spanish Civil War and been accommodated here. Seeing that there was now a formal museum,...More

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Liliane v
April 28, 2018|
Response from mikewestwood666 | Reviewed this property |
A visit to this site is a troubling experience not only because of the past but still what is happening in the world today. There are benches, as you note, to sit on but you do need to stand to watch and listen to the... More