The aftermath of the second world war was deeply rooted within people’s mind, and the need to remember and to perpetuate the memory of the martyrs was a priority.Some people wanted to conceal the proofs at the end of the war. Fortunately, some jews gathered files under cover, and the cases were documented.
The museum was created in 2005 and houses a wall of names where are engraved the names of the jews who died.Another walls with pictures of children too. No need to tell you that wave of sadness will overwhelm you at that moment. You will feel force to stare at these innocent faces.
Once you have passed theses walls you have a crypt enlighted by candles, it represents the tomb of the unknown martyr. All of these elements even if are just reminscences from the past are here embedded on concrete, walls and files.
Your walk inside the museum is a journey to the past, you are confronted by testimonies that will force you to call into question a lot of issues. An awareness increased by the display of objects and uniforms belonging to transported convict. Besides you have several screens broadcasting in a loop interviews, documentaries or reading letters. Therefore you can’t help but being moved and sensitive.
A lot of schools decide to bring the students to that place so that they have a living memory of what they study ay school.
The history of the jews is clearly important to French people, but not only, we shall stand up together against barbarity.
Meanwhile enjoy your visit at the the museum:)
- Free entrance for the permanent exhibitions
- Book shop
- A bit sensitive for children sometimes
- The auditorium and activities for children are paying
- Phone :01 42 77 44 72
- Metro : Saint-Paul or Pont Marie
- Budget : Free entrance
- Open : All days except saturdays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m