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Maison d’Izieu, Memorial to the Exterminated Jewish Children

In the heart of the Bugey, in the South of the Ain department, the Maison d’Izieu is located only 35 minutes from Chambéry and Bourgoin-Jallieu, 1 hour from Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Grenoble or Annecy. A unique place of remembrance in France and Europe, it is the first place in remembrance of the children in the Shoah established in France in 1994. The Maison d’Izieu was opened by Sabine and Miron Zlatin and welcomed more than a hundred Jewish children from May 1943 to April 1944 in order to help them escape anti-Semitic persecution.

On the morning of 6th April 1944 the 44 children and 7 educators who were there were rounded up and deported under Klaus Barbie’s orders, one of the leaders of the Lyon Gestapo. Today it is a place of remembrance, education and life in order to understand crimes against humanity and to act against all forms of discrimination.

The memorial and its permanent exhibition make a complex contemporary history accessible to all through guided tours, original documents, new digital applications and online documentary resources.

The Maison d’Izieu offers many educational activities, travelling exhibitions, adult education, seminars in France and abroad and access to the Documentation and Research Centre. Every year, it offers cultural events that welcome artists and speakers for citizen debates, literary meetings and concerts.

The Maison d’Izieu welcomes you from 4th July to 30th August from 10.30 am to 7 pm. An incredible site, a breathtaking view of the Dauphiné and the Vercors and the possibility to discover the history and understand the world today. Discover the permanent exhibition and the summer exhibition “Memory, Commitment, Fraternity” which allows to understand the Maison d’Izieu today and its commitment in education, remembrance and the fight against all forms of discrimination. Due to the health crisis the memorial adapts to allow you to visit serenely with family or friends. The air-conditioned exhibition spaces have been arranged according to a unique visit direction in compliance with the sanitary measures in force.

Visit recommended from the age of 8. Picnic allowed. No food available on site. 2 km Viarhôna.

Detailed, prices and reservation available on www.memorializieu.eu

10 € / 7€ / free for under 10

Maison d’Izieu/pmahr

Picture in front : cyperrin

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