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“Not what I expected”

Memorial de la Shoah (Shoah Memorial)
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“Not what I expected”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

I decided to visit the Memorial as way of paying my respect to the victims and learn a little bit about the history of the holocaust in France. It's a very, very low key memorial. Free entry. There are names on the memorial walls of those who died, a very small collection of the atrocity in Rwanda, an artificial flame, a multimedia room (which has a good timeline of the events leading up to the treatments of the Jews in France and the role played by the Vichy government), a collection of documents for avid readers and researchers, and a bookstore. I was expecting more of a collection of artefacts and a museum-like display but that wasn't the case. In spite of that, it's worth a quick stop over.

Visited July 2014
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Oakland, California
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“An understated tribute”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This little memorial is low keyed but all the more powerful for it. Be prepared for a moving experience of the unfortunate collaboration in France of the deportation of its citizens who happened to be Jewish.

Visited April 2014
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Glen Ellyn, IL
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“Everyone Should See This!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I read about this memorial and felt we had to see it both to pay respects and learn from the history. The security was very tight and it almost felt odd that there had to be so much of it since it wasn't anything I had ever experienced. There are walls outside the main entrance with the names of every vicitim engraved. Inside there is a welcome center where the attendants can answer questions to assist on your visit. There is a constant flame burning on a lower level honoring the victims. On the lowest level there is a mass of information detailing the personal lives of victims, resistant fighters and others who tried to help. It was so moving to read these bios. The saddest part was the memorial wall with photos of every child that was a victim. People of every race and creed should come to this memorial to learn, remember the victims and heroes and know that this type of injustice should never happen again.

Visited October 2013
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

How can one rate a Memorial. One goes to pays ones respect and to think......Being in Paris, walking the streets and feeling the history of the city, reading the sad tales of the occupants shipped out of the city during the second world war, I was really pleased to have a memorial to collect my thoughts. (I had not expected to feel as much of this cities history or for it to affect me so much, it was a surprise to me) .

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Despite the tragic subject, the Shoah Memorial does an excellent job of helping the world understand the centuries of persecution Jews in France faced. As a Christian, it was very educational and moving. Must see!

Visited June 2014
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