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Memorial de la Shoah (Shoah Memorial)
Ranked #49 of 1 864 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a little confused at first, with the security checkpoint right off the street, but once inside, it was well worth it. None all of it was translated in English, so I stumbled through with my limited french vocabulary, but my husband and daughters really struggled. However, there were lots of photos and some English history added, so they were able to understand quite a bit. The lit memorial inside was beautiful.

Thank Tanya L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place on a whim, as we had a few minutes, and while there are some aspects I'd suggest tweaking, it definitely exceeded expectations. Entry was free, which is very generous. The history leading up to the Holocaust, the horrific period, and the aftermath are all covered in great detail, with many a quote from victims and survivors alike. Not everything is translated into English, but most is. I was a bit surprised that it was solely focused on Jews, since many other groups were killed in the Holocaust, but I did appreciate how they delved a bit into the role of Christianity in setting the stage for and enabling the Holocaust - something that is not acknowledged very often, least of all by the papacy. I also found it eye-opening how they described in great detail the orientations of Jews in France before the Holocaust - very suspicious of Zionism, not at all radical, citizens with a hugely positive impact on society...and who were forced together in solidarity by the increasing targeting of them by Nazi Germany and, as well, by the Vichy government. They walk you through the timeline of the persecution of the Jews, the conditions at the camps, and it'll bring a tear to your eye to read of the liberation of some of the camps by the USSR (and how the Nazis tried to cover their tracks). Overall, coming here was very worthwhile (allow an hour or two for sure), but I'd suggest they add a room paying tribute to the other victims of the Holocaust, which numbered in the millions as well - USSR prisoners, LGBT, gypsies, etc. The room that talks about the history of Judaism from the early times up to the 19th century...while interesting, not really sure that belongs in a Holocaust Memorial. Either way, highly recommended to visit! Expect airport-like security here (sad but necessary) and you even have to be buzzed out by security to get out of the facility.

Thank Mark J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center features two areas for temporary exhibits related to WWII.

The visit can take as little as 40 minutes including the memorial, the wall of victims, the wall of the righteous (which is outside), the eternal flame and the exhibits.

Quite a moving experience

Thank eli_puszkar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well done memorial. Was very difficult to find and people had no clue were it was located. I wish we had more time to spend there .

Thank viviankasoff
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

We have been to Holocaust Memorials all over the world but this one does no stack up. It is primarily text and newspaper scraps. It tells an important story and maybe they need a generous sponsor to step up. The building itself is very nice but I just thought it should offer more than just newspaper clippings. They could acquire some more substance but maybe that just takes time.

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