Pardonne, n’oublie pas…

 

For all my time in Paris this was a first visit to Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation dedicated to the 200,000 Jewish souls deported to concentration camps.  This is a deeply moving and reflective experience.
A small and striking stone edifice accessed by climbing down a narrow stone staircase to see a metal portcullis where only a small view of the Seine can be viewed
You enter through a narrow doorway to the tomb of an unknown deportee and the lit gallery of 200,000 glass crystals representing those who perished and at the end a single bright flame of eternal hope.

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The triangular urns labeled with the names of the death camps houses the ashes of some of the dead.

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