For Holocaust Memorial Day. This is the Memorial to the Martyrs of Deportation, for the 200,000 French citizens who were deported to Nazi extermination camps, many with the collaboration of the Vichy government.
The Memorial lies at the eastern tip of the Île de la Cité, Paris, in a corner of the little park behind Notre Dame Cathedral.
It takes the form of a crypt. Steep steps lead down to a courtyard, set within concrete walls, with one barred window showing onto the water (see V2). You then enter an outer chamber with inscriptions for the various camps, and look into a barred inner chamber, where 200,000 fragments of glass reflect the light of an eternal flame. And then nothing, a dead end.
I would urge anyone visiting Paris to visit this place. It was created in 1962 and I still remember the commotion in the French media; it was part of a move to persuade French society to acknowledge the part played by their own countrymen in the Holocaust, and a lot of people didn't want to know.
Entry is free but restricted to a few people at a time, photography is allowed but no flash or tripod.
The title of the upload is the inscription over the door.
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Holocaust Memorial Day