In the famous Marais district, at the heart of Paris' 4th arrondissement, stands the very moving Shoah Memorial, a memorial site and a leading European institution specialising in the history of the Holocaust. This memorial site opened in 2005 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, and houses a museum of Jewish history during the Second World War, as well as a Jewish documentation centre with the largest archive of its kind in Europe. When visiting the Memorial, discovering the Wall of Names is always an emotional moment. This memorial is engraved with the names of the 76,000 Jews who were deported from France - men, women and children. There is also a Wall of the Just paying tribute to the 2,693 French people who were brave enough to protect Jewish people during the Second World War. A symbol of the six million Jews who received no proper burial, the crypt contains the tomb of the Unknown Jewish Martyr and an eternal flame, encouraging visitors to reflect.
Accessible via the Pont Marie or Saint-Paul metro stations, the Memorial regularly hosts temporary exhibitions as well as educational activities, screenings, symposiums and conferences on the history of the Holocaust.
The Shoah Memorial
The Shoah Memorial opened its doors to the public on January 27, 2005 in Paris, in the heart of the Marais district. Understanding the past to illuminate the future is the vocation of this place, a museum, a documentation center and a place of memory. The Holocaust Memorial contributes to the fight against all forms of racism and intolerance and strives to preserve and transmit the Holocaust history.
Resource Center, Europe's first Holocaust archive, the Memorial is also a museum designed to learn and understand. To carry out its missions, the Memorial offers various publics resources and specific services on nearly 5000 m². A free museum presents a chrono-thematic itinerary retracing the history of the Jews of France before and during the Holocaust, and regularly produces temporary exhibitions recounting the various genocides of the twentieth century unanimously recognized (such as that of Herero and Nama in Africa, that of Tutsi in Rwanda, or that of Armenians). Conferences, meetings and screenings are offered throughout the year in the auditorium. A documentation center, open to all, researchers, students and teachers, houses over a million archives and the bookstore offers all reference books on the subject. Places, such as the Wall of Names, where are engraved the names of the 76,000 Jewish men, women and children deported from France between 1942 and 1944 or the crypt, a place of worship where ashes of victims of Auschwitz were deposited. and the Warsaw Ghetto, allow the public to recollect themselves. Likewise, outside the Memorial, the Wall of the Righteous honors over 3900 men and women who hid or protected Jews during the Second World War. Many educational workshops and trainings are also offered. Trips to Auschwitz and other places of memory complete this scheme.
In addition: visit of the Shoah Memorial in Drancy, inaugurated in September 2012, in front of the City of Muette, main place of internment and transit of the deportees Jews of France (Memorial of the Shoah in Drancy open Sunday on Thursday from 10h to 18h). Shuttle Paris-Drancy: every Sunday. 14h: departure of the Memorial of the Shoah of Paris. 17h: return bus for the Memorial of the Shoah of Paris.
Vélib 'Stations: Saint-Paul Pavée, Place du Battalion Français de l'ONU and Mairie du 4ème.
Access by car: Parking: Pont-Marie (rue de l'Hotel-de-Ville), Baudoyer (Baudoyer square), Lobau (Lobau street).
Opening hours: every day except Saturday from 10h to 18h. Nocturne on Thursday until 22h. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, July 14th, December 25th and some Jewish holidays.
Fee: free admission except for certain events in the auditorium and some educational activities. Guided tour: free every Sunday at 15h without prior reservation. Visit in English every second Sunday of the month. Group (10 to 30 people): 49 € / group for school, and 75 € / group out of school, on reservation.