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Jewish Memorials in Paris: Which to see if limited time?

Jewish Memorials in Paris: Which to see if limited time?

Jun 29th, 2008, 09:38 AM
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Jewish Memorials in Paris: Which to see if limited time?

We will be in Paris in September and would like to see at least one of the Jewish memorials. In reading guidebooks I found the Memorial de la Deportation (near Notre Dame), the Memorial de la Shoah at 17 rue Geoffroy l'Aisnier, and the Musee d'art et Histoire du Judaisme at 71 rue de Temple. If you could only see one or two, which would you choose?
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Jun 29th, 2008, 09:47 AM
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I'd chose if only 1, ther Deprtation Memorial or if 2 that and Art and History
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Jun 29th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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The museum, but a museum and memorial aren't the same thing at all, and don't take the same amount of time.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 10:12 AM
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If you're stopping at Notre Dame, the Deportation Memorial is just across the small, lovely park at the rear of the cathedral. It takes just a few minutes to descend, pause and remember--it's not something you need time to "tour," as a museum would be. So it needn't be considered part of an either/or.

I haven't been to the Musee d'art et Histoire du Judaisme, but plan to see it when we return.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 12:01 PM
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I agree with MelJ.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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The Deportation Memorial is a spot for comtemplating our good fortunes. It is very moving..crystal dots evoking deported souls. Jewish or otherwise it is memorable. Easy to find behind Notre Dame and well worth the few minutes of your trip to help realize what we have!!!
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Jun 29th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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You should stop in and see the Deportation Memorial if you're in the area. It will take about 10 minutes to see it and it's a very worth-while 10 minutes. I've been there several times.

I couldn't find the Shoah Memorial since I didn't have the street address. I saw 1 sign pointing in the direction but that was it and I didn't have time to search more. I don't think it's very far from the Jewish Museum.

I'd highly recommend the Jewish Museum. I spent a couple of hours in there (but you could see it in a shorter time). Here's what I wrote in my trip report:

"What a wonderful small museum. What I liked most were the photos throughout the museum of ordinary French/Parisian people and the short bios telling of their heritage and their feelings on being Jewish. My second favorite thing was the 19th c. wooden Austrian Sukkah hut (for the harvest festival) with three colorfully painted interior walls showing a view of Jerusalem, a shield with the first 10 words of the 10 commandments, and a view of an alpine town.

The museum contains illuminated Haggadahs (prayer books), 16th-19th c. marriage contracts, vases and other ceramics, Torah cabinets, 16th-18th c. circumcision implements, incredibly ornate 16th-17th c. wedding rings, paintings, menorahs, wedding clothes, and scale models of 16th-17th c. Polish wooden synagogues".
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Jun 29th, 2008, 12:41 PM
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Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 02:10 PM
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Hi jr,

If you will be in the vicinity of the Rue de Rosiers, look ofr the plaques on many houses in memory of the residents who were deported.

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Jun 29th, 2008, 03:06 PM
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Ira's note just reminded me of the plaques you will find on some schools in Paris. Here is a photo of one on the exterior wall of a school in Village St-Paul, between rue St-Antoine and the Seine:

www.pbase.com/anselmadorne/image/57760621

It is roughly translated as: "To the memory of the pupils of this school who were deported between 1942 and 1944 because they were born as Jews, innocent victims of Nazi barbarism with the active complicity of the Vichy Government. They were exterminated in the death camps. Let us never forget."

If you happen to visit Père Lachaise, there is also a memorial to the deportees in the south-east corner of the cemetery, right beside Le Mur des Fédérés:

www.pbase.com/anselmadorne/image/91521390

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Jun 29th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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Thank you Ira and Anselm.

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Jun 29th, 2008, 04:24 PM
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There's also a wing of the Musée de l'Armée, on the Boul. de la Tour Maubourg side, that's devoted to the Resistance, which I found fascinating.
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jrj:


>>>"To the memory of the pupils of this school who were deported between 1942 and 1944 because they were born as Jews, innocent victims of Nazi barbarism with the active complicity of the Vichy Government. They were exterminated in the death camps. Let us never forget."<<<

Similar wording is found on a plaque on a former schoolbuilding behind Marianne's Restaurant on Rue de Rosiers. A number of years ago, we happened onto this building when they were having a very moving memorial service for the 170 children who were deported to the east to their eventual deaths. The name of each and every child was slowly read by an elder of one of the mourning families.

The deportees memorial between Il de Cite and Ile St. Louis, as described by several posters above is a must see.

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