Memorial de la Deportation
Memorial de la Deportation - France
Memorial de la Deportation is located in Paris.
Memorial de la Deportation monument was established on 1962.
Primary threats to Memorial de la Deportation :
It was designed by French modernist architect, writer, teacher, and town planner Georges-Henri Pingusson and opened in 1962.
Historical facts of Memorial de la Deportation :
The Memorial de la Deportation is a memorial to the 200,000 people deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. Pingusson intended that its long and narrow subterranean space convey a feeling of claustrophobia. In the year of its opening, a brochure produced by the French survivors' group "Reseau de souvenir" described the memorial as a crypt, "hollowed out of the sacred isle, the cradle of our nation, which incarnates the soul of France -- a place where its spirit dwells." A circular plaque on the floor of the underground chamber is inscribed: "They descended into the mouth of the earth and they did not return." Along both walls of the narrow chamber are 200,000 crystals with light shining through meant to symbolize each of the deportees who died in the concentration camps? At the exit to the chamber is the injunction, engraved, found at all sites memorializing the victims of the Nazis: "Forgive but never forget."