On the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, in 2005, the Mémorial de la Shoah opened on the district of Le Marais in the third and fourth arrondissement of Paris – an area which had large Jewish population at the beginning of the Second World War. During my solo trip to Paris in the summer, I visited the Mémorial de la Shoah after a lot of recommendations.
The permanent galleries of the Mémorial de la Shoah are chronological and thematic, curated as twelve narratives of the French Jewish experience of the Second World War and Holocaust. Admittedly with my embarrassing lack of French language, a lot of the curation needed to be visual to engage with – however it seemed that they’d accommodated for tourists well, although there wasn’t an English language translation (I wasn’t expecting one, I was in France..) the use of images and video gave more than enough of an accessible narrative.
While the Mémorial de la Shoah is a fascinating museum, it also has a strong standing in historical archiving and education. The Mémorial de la Shoah’s Centre de Documentation has a collection of over a million archives, 75,000 photos and 55,000 books.
17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier 75004 Paris. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Saturday and until 10 p.m. on Thursday