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Site Mémorial du Camp des Milles

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Site Mémorial du Camp des Milles

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40 chemin de la Badesse 13547 Aix-En-Provence, 13547 Les Milles, Aix-en-Provence France
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Tom5717 wrote a review Aug 2020
Epping, United Kingdom54 contributions13 helpful votes
We visited here in August 2020, the building has so much history that has been captured and displayed perfectly. All of the displays are in French and English, except for the film. Takes about 2 hours to make your way through the site, a visit here is a must to play our part in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Gillian L wrote a review Sep 2019
Boulder, Colorado, United States5 contributions6 helpful votes
A moving and sobering, in-depth museum on this holding camp from WWII. This is probably the only full-scale original holding camp from that era available for the public to visit. Includes info on 1) the history of the rise of Nazism and events lead to WWII, anti-semitism and "the final solution", including the system of the several 100 holding camps through France, 2) a memorial and walk-through of the actual site which internees were held, with explanatory panels to explain what life was like in the camp - drawings and writings on the walls still remain, and 3) a big emphasis, in closing, on the concept of resistance - how did this happen? what would you have done? what can people do to resist when they see something going on that is not right? with examples from other genocides, and examples of the stories of real people who resisted during the Nazi occupation. It also includes a memorial walk leading to a symbolic box car, at the site where people from the camp were deported. Many videos of survivors of the camp speaking about it. Way more information than one can take in at once, but supremely important and well-done. Highly recommended for anyone interested in WWII history, and anyone looking to understand what they can do to resist the hate and extremism still found in today's world. Actually, highly recommended for anyone who doesn't care about these things - in hopes that it will awaken them to caring.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Kbland87 wrote a review Jul 2019
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This is a bit of a hidden gem - 6km out of the centre. Very worth the visit. Excellent memorial. Would recommend the visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Iain M wrote a review Jul 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
Museum does look closed from the outside, but you have to go through a security xray gatehouse before you enter the museum proper. The main building has all text in French and English, but the latter bit defaults to French only as per a lot of French museums. Takes a good 1 1/2 - 2 hours to see the full thing. Its thought provoking in as much as a lot if focus is on why people did what they did and how it shouldn't be allowed to happen again. Not a happy family holiday excursion but highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Iris wrote a review Jun 2019
14 contributions9 helpful votes
Worth a visit if you’re in the area and are interested in history - specifically WW2. Main exhibit had signs in english, the photo-exhibit of victims downstairs (where we accidentally started as the route isn’t entirely clear) does not, nor does the opening video. However, if you have some general knowledge of WW2 you can fill this part in yourself. Can’t say I learned anything new, but seeing the old factory was definitely interesting.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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