Lieu De Memoire

Lieu De Memoire, Le Chambon sur Lignon: Hours, Address, Lieu De Memoire Reviews: 4.5/5

Lieu De Memoire
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
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Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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S F
Vancouver, Canada302 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
It is always inspiring to meet someone brave & heroic, who has risked their life to protect others, but to learn of a village where all residents come together to do that as a community, makes one’s heart sing & one’s skin tingle.
Just such a village known for giving refuge is Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a commune in France, where residents are mostly French Protestants, also known as French Huguenots, themselves persecuted in the 16th & 17th century by the then French Catholic government.
This commune has just been left a very large sum of money in the will of one of those it gave refuge to some 80 years ago.
What wonderful karma for this well-deserving & brave French village. It was linked in with others in the French Resistance & it is estimated that it alone saved some 5,000 Jewish children.
The will is still in the process of having assets distributed but reports are the amount is some €2 million.
The donor, it is reported, wishes the money to be spent on educational projects and scholarships.
Again, so well deserved.
The commune houses a well-visited & well-designed memorial museum, which tells of the heroic acts of villagers during WW2 & of the circumstances of those the village rescued.
It has supported many groups fleeing religious & political persecution & does this to this very day.
There is also a remembrance garden.
C-s-L is in beautiful surroundings, with the nature in which it is located as inspiring as the nature of the village with its history of extreme generosity to those in dire need of it.
Posted by S Fuller
Written January 29, 2021
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Richard W
Saint-Cloud, France224 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
We were deeply touched by the presentation and conference delivered by a most competent historian. The overall reaction of our group was one of relief that there were no scenes of violence perpetrated in the region. The messsge was that the remarkable unity of the mainly Protestant population was uplifting due to their exceptional courage in the face of imminent threats of death or deportation.
Written August 4, 2020
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Gabriel V
Marrakech, Morocco8 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This museum is a must see for visitors to the area. The plateau was a safe harbor for Jewish children during WWII.
Written July 3, 2019
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GEOMelbourne
Melbourne164 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The people of Le Chambon saved the lives of over 5000 people during World War II, mostly Jews and resistance fighters. This musuem tells the story very well.

THis is a stoy that everyone in the world should know, the story of the people of a village who did what they thought was right despite the huge danger to thier lives of being murdered themselves as happened in other villages in France.

THis story msut neve be forgotten.
Written August 27, 2018
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Hello, Thank you for your visit and for your description of this museum. The goal of the place of memorial is to perpetuate the memory and action of the people of this "Plateau". It's the story of ordinary people with extraordinary acts during the second world war. To see you again, Team of Memorial
Written September 5, 2018
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DakotaWind
Sioux Falls, SD52 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
A very serious place to visit and experience an important piece of World War II history. Please read the book "Lest Innocent Blood be Shed" by Philip Hallie, which recounts what happened in Le Chambon and how goodness happened there. A good place for all of us to remember during these days.
Written May 2, 2017
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Skigasp
Geneva, Switzerland154 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Beautiful museum in the local school which used to hide jewish children in WW 2. Very good explanations and beautiful garden. Don't miss this when in Chambon.
Written September 4, 2016
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937DennisR937
Harrogate, UK70 contributions
Aug 2016
As others have said it is a pity that little of the beautifully presented material has been translated into English. A mammoth job but it must be done. It is my view that this delightful Protestant town in France will increasingly draw anglophone visitors. Opened only in 2013 the museum focuses on the story of Chambon sur Lignon (and the villages around) ....how they hid hundreds of Jewish children during the German occupation of France. Caroline Moorehead's 2015 book "Village of secrets" is a brilliant account of what happened, the myths, the truth and especially the historical context. Brexiteers would do well to visit here and reflect on how Europe has regularly torn itself apart. This is a top class visit with further development in the offing as the story continues to enfold. Fantastic environment on the Vivarais Lignon plateau.
Written August 18, 2016
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Skigasp
Geneva, Switzerland154 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
This place is amazingly done, it tells the story of the WWII. It is interesting even for families with younger children. Very well narrated.
Written November 10, 2015
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REDHAUTESAVOIE
Haute Savoie5 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, no books were on sale in the museum. Having read "Village oaf Secrets", I was hoping for additional literature.
Written August 23, 2015
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René Ramon
Stamford Bridge, UK933 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
My sister-in-law from NZ enjoyed seeing this Memorial dedicated to the Jewish children and other WW information. The Museum is well laid out on two floors with excellent films and reviews. At the rear of the building there is a remembrance garden too.
Written August 16, 2015
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