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  1. Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité
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  • 1. Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité - Paris
      1. Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité
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  • 2. Lights for the deportees - Paris
      2. Lights for the deportees
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  • 3. In the Memorial - Paris
      3. In the Memorial
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  • 4. In the Memorial - Paris
      4. In the Memorial
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  • 5. Reminder of the concentration camps - Paris
      5. Reminder of the concentration camps
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At the tip of the Ile de la Cité, right behind Notre Dame, is a national memorial dedicated to the memory of the 160,000 people (up to 200,000 by some accounts) who were deported from France to German concentration camps during the Second World War.

Some 85,000 of the deportees were political activists, resistance fighters, homosexuals and gypsies. 76,000 of them were Jews, including 11,000 children. Only 2,500 of those deported survived.

The Memorial was designed by the architect Georges Henri Pingusson and was inaugurated by President Charles de Gaulle in 1962.

Second photo: Inside there is a long corridor -- which you can't enter, just look into -- with tiny lights, one for each person who was deported.

Third and fourth photos: On the walls are the names of some of the concentration camps, along with quotations from writers of that era.

Fifth photo: The Memorial was designed to be reminiscent of the concentration camps, with narrow passages, tight stairways, spiked gates and restricted views.

Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris
Directions:
Vélib' 4003
Métro Cité
GPS 48°51'6.09" North; 2°21'8.78" East

Phone: 46 33 87 56
Website: http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Martyrs.Deportation/info.html

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  • Updated May 10, 2014
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