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“Short visit, but very emotive. Thought-provoking.”

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Ranked #161 of 1,098 things to do in Paris
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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.
scotland
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Short visit, but very emotive. Thought-provoking.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We visited last week while in Paris. Before we entered, a gentleman greeted us and asked which language we preferred him to speak. He then went on to explain the rules, no video camera, silence etc. Reading the plaque made it clear to me what this quick attraction was really about, very informative. The wall with all the lights is beautiful!

Visited September 2012
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Santa Clarita, California
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“Simple and very moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

This memorial to the French victims of the Holocaust is simple, small, and evocative. When we visited we were the only people there, making it totally quiet all and the more poignant. The memorial is very close to Notre Dame, in the area behind the church towards Ile St. Louis, almost on the water. It can be experienced in just a few minutes (or longer depending on how long you want to contemplate what happened). Definitely worth a visit, especially since it's location is so convenient to other important Paris sights. My two teens found it very moving.

Visited June 2012
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Paris, France
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105 reviews
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“A memorial”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Just for those who are fan for these, there is the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation! This is a good occasion for the frenchs who collaborate with the enemy to get this « devoir de mémoire » (duty of memory). This is underground right behind Notre Dame on Île de la Cité. A long corridor protected by a grid has on its walls with 200,000 sticks of glass symbolizing the countless victims of the deportation in Nazi camps, at the entrance of this corridor is a tomb containing the remains of a deportee who died unknown in the camp Neustadt and moved here. It consist also of fragments of poems by French poet Paul Éluard, Louis Aragon, Vercors, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jean-Augustin Maydieu et Jean-Paul Sartre. This place is more a crypt than a memorial. "Forgive but never forget." Free entrance.

Visited July 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Important to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

This museum is right across the street from the rear of Notre Dame, along the river and next to the "bridge of locks". The museum commemorates the French citizens who were deported to death camps in WW II. it is stirring and worth the walk. You'll wait in line for a few minutes since they control the number of people allowed inside the museum at one time. well worth the short walk and wait.

Visited May 2012
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Bellarine Peninsula
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“A Moving Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

This memorial is tucked away behind Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite - you just go into the gardens behind the Notre Dame grounds and down the stairs. They limit the number of people that enter and absolutely ban any talking inside, which is such a great idea, as so many places you go to, people are disrespectful and carry on inappropriate conversations.

We came here with our 11-year-old - it only takes a short period of time to visit here, but is a worth visiting and taking the time to reflect on the fate of the many thousands of people who were deported from Paris during WWII. You tend to forget such things occurred when in such a beautiful city and it is an eye opener to be reminded of this.

Visited December 2011
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