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“Small Memorial, Massive Impact” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Ranked #165 of 1,086 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.
Terrigal, Australia
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“Small Memorial, Massive Impact”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

Behind the noise and tourist fervour of the Notre Dame you will find this small but powerful memorial. My advice is to read the information panel close to the entrance gate and any other formation you can before entering this site.
Whilst it is small, probably ten minutes with see you through it, depending on your interest, not knowing the significance of the architecture and the internal "displays" (not the right word) the impact of the site may not be evident.
We had visited some of the most over-whelming and moving war cemeteries and museums in Flanders and the Somme before going to Paris. I can honestly say that this Memorial, to those who were deported from France during WW2, was a very solemn, quiet and reflective Place of Rememberance.
However, as a world community, we haven't seemed to have learnt anything from our past.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Small but meaningful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

This memorial is very very close to Notre Dame and thus there is no excuse for not visiting and having there a few moments of introspection and remembrance.
We must never forget...

Visited October 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Moving and emotional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Very effective memorial - small, compact (which is the point) and not bombastic. Beautifully rendered and quietly powerful. In a few minutes this little memorial does what much larger Holocaust museums often cannot. Worth the visit.

Visited October 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Most memorable site in Paris”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

What an amazing thing architecture can be! Despite reading about the memorial online, nothing can prepare you for your emotions when you descend into the cells of the subterranean memorial via the tight claustrophobic pathways with cold high stone walls. I never realised what the effect of not seeing the horizon could be like. Particularly solemn was the small gate with the unchanging view of the waters of the Seine.

Visited July 2012
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scotland
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“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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