Forgive. Do not forget.

By mrswoolybill
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.
Thanks for looking, and for reading,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Specialist and abstract Holocaust Memorial Day

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AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 8:27AM
I will definitely make the pilgrimage the next time I'm in Paris. It looks a wonderful monument to a time of unbelievable horror.
Ann

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27 Jan 2013 8:48AM
A very strong image.
Erica
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
27 Jan 2013 8:55AM
A great tribute to the people who suffered in this atrocity. Carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
27 Jan 2013 9:04AM
We went to the Notre Dame but never realised this was here. Very evocative and beautifully captured.

Dave
27 Jan 2013 9:06AM
Strong evocative image, very well captured
Effrossini
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
27 Jan 2013 9:12AM
Having been to Auschwitz, I can imagine the sensation in here
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 9:26AM

Quote:I will definitely make the pilgrimage the next time I'm in Paris.


Quote:We went to the Notre Dame but never realised this was here.

I've shown the Map location, and the monument is marked. It's very discreet at ground level, you have to follow the edge of the garden to find it.
Moira
Rogerex 10 32 12 Australia
27 Jan 2013 9:55AM
V2 looks very sinister, but V1 has an almost inviting appearance. Thanks for bringing this historical site to our attention.
Roger
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
27 Jan 2013 10:17AM
This is sensational V1 is such a good photo and a really special monument.

Rod
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jan 2013 11:05AM
Amazing monument (monuments rarely are!) and especially V1 is a superb impression of it.
Rende
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 11:11AM
Many thanks to Rende for his UA, and to everyone else who has called in here today.
Moira
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:08PM
A highly emotive yet beautifully crafted reminder.

Regards Nathan
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
27 Jan 2013 12:32PM
V1 for me. Great colour and composition
27 Jan 2013 12:32PM
I didn't know this. How sad, not only in Germany. Thanks for making me aware of this. ......Sandy
An almost perfect mirror image of a terrible blot on the history of Europe.
You would have thought that the human race would have learned but we continue to kill each other daily in all parts of the world.

Excellent work Moira.

Dougie
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
27 Jan 2013 2:29PM
A powerful and strong composition in v1, emotional

Peter
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 2:42PM
Good clean sharp shot, well remembered
27 Jan 2013 2:43PM
A fine tribute, Moira, and yes a must when next in Paris. Two excellent captures, really like V1 Smile
Trev Smile
27 Jan 2013 4:21PM
Great pictures and write up Moira, and if we choose to ignore history, then we are doomed to repeat it.

John.
27 Jan 2013 4:25PM
Beautiful shots, a great tribute to people we should never forget.
Sylvia
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 6:06PM
A very stark and poignant shot. Thanks for the reminder, Moira!

David
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
27 Jan 2013 6:34PM
Two very strong images Moira - hard to comment on - a long moment of silence offered.

Anne
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 25 10 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 6:34PM
Very poignat and we should never forget. Great shot Moira.
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
27 Jan 2013 6:44PM
Both are powerful reminders of the past Moira.

We didn't have time to get there on our last visit but will make sure we do the next time.

Ken
27 Jan 2013 6:44PM
All been said. Don
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
27 Jan 2013 8:12PM
This reflects the somber facts of this human tragedy.
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 9:41PM
Two nice images Moira and na informative write up, Peter..
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
28 Jan 2013 2:51AM
A great tribute !

interesting description!

ollie
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
28 Jan 2013 3:59AM
Moira,
Thank you so much for posting this -- and especially the detailed commentary.
-=\Walter
nonur Plus
7 17 9 Turkey
28 Jan 2013 7:06AM
Not to be forgotten and I don't think that it is to be forgiven. I agree with Dougie:
Quote:An almost perfect mirror image of a terrible blot on the history of Europe.
You would have thought that the human race would have learned but we continue to kill each other daily in all parts of the world.

Excellent work Moira.

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Jan 2013 10:13PM
Two very powerful and thought provoking images Moira, a fine tribute to mark the occasion
29 Jan 2013 2:01AM
What a piece of history, Moira! Aushwitz-Birkenau next, perhaps? Shivering!
Ania
Tibetan 4 3 England
31 Jan 2013 10:46AM
The line between sanity and insanity is very fine indeed, the line between civilised and Barbaric is also very fine, politics and dictators go hand in hand, they think up legitimate excuses to kill others that get in their way!, Iraq was one example, until the ordinary people say no more! it will go on! the next war is on the drawing board, Prime Ministers cheat and lie through their teeth to meet their own ends!. We are helping our French comrades at the moment, none of our troops will be on the ground, now they are in an advisory capacity! with bullet proof vests and GUNS! and so it goes on! lest we forget! people have very short memories when it suits them!. My son in law not long Back from Afghanistan lost his best friend at his side! it was his second tour! yes they call it a tour! some one should have shot the tour operator! not the poor sod's that do the killing for them. Hypocrisy is alive and well and living in Parliament where it will not get hurt!, regards Leon.
LexEquine 10 19 United States
1 Feb 2013 5:38PM
'Two Superlative color Image Renditions,' Moira~

~ Peter
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
9 Feb 2013 9:29PM
excellent moving pictures

francesco
27 Feb 2013 8:47PM
Absolutely great capture Moira, good light and fantastic composition.
I can't believe it is really that long since I had a look at your pf.
Johanna
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 1:27PM
Very interesting
Ian

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