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“A Memory Never to be Forgotten” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Ranked #155 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.
Fort Myers Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“A Memory Never to be Forgotten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

The Deportation Memorial is a solemn and meaningful monument dedicated to the 200,000 French people deported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Besides Jews, there were resistance fighters, dissidents, gays and gypsies also deported, many of whom never returned.

After you go down the steps to the memorial, you arrive in an austere “cell,” where you can see only the sky, walls and a bit of the Seine River through a spiked barrier and iron grate. The way in which the memorial conforms to the tip of the Ile de la Cite is nothing short of genius on the part of the architect, Georges-Henri Pingusson. You have to see it from a bank across the Seine to appreciate it because from that vantage point, you can see the iron grate of the memorial just above the water line of the Seine.

Inside the memorial there are fragments of poems and quotes that were written by men directly involved in the deportation or war etched in the walls. The inscription above the long narrow chamber with 200,000 shining crystals for each deportee reads: “Dedicated to the living memory of the 200,000 French deportees sleeping in the night and the fog, exterminated in the Nazi concentration camps.” At the far end of this chamber is the eternal flame of hope. At the exit to the chamber is the exhortation, “Forgive, but don’t forget.” This visit is not your typical sightseeing activity, but it is instead a sobering, thought-provoking and worthwhile experience.

Visited October 2011
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Columbia, Maryland
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“An Experience I will Never Forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

Our guidebook told us to go her and it was totally right! Without it, we would have missed this tiny memorial. It really feels like you're trapped inside there, feeling what the deportees felt. It is so moving.

Visited August 2011
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Woodland Hills, Utah
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“This site is a powerful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

We were staying on Ile St Louis for week in one of the apartments. I wanted to experience a bit of Paris life, so we read a lot of history so the sites would have significance. I happened to bring the book "Sarah's Key", not actually knowing the story. Knowing the story of the "Jewish Roundup", being near the site of the horrible event, reading "Sarah's Key", and visiting the Deportation Memorial was an amazing experience. If you go, it is important to have an understanding of the whole event.

Visited September 2010
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Mexico City
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“Peaceful spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

A place full of peace which reminds us of the 200000 french that were sent to the concentration camps. It is at the end of the Isle, just by the river. Check out opening times before visiting.

Visited July 2011
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Shanghai, China
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“I went there several times”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2011

My great uncle Georges Henry Pingusson was the architect. He was a very quiet, discrete person, always turned to the human aspect of life, not to the material things.
Every time I go the the memorial, I stay a bit longer at the small window looking out to the Seine river. There, where water and sky connect, do I envision eternity. I believe it was HIS vision.
He died a long time ago, very peacefully, probably looking at that same eternity...
the visit is free, and do not take a long time, to me the memorial is a little hidden jewel of thoughts.

Visited May 2011
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