Memory and commemorative sites

Commemorative sites of internment and deportation in Seine-Saint-Denis

Cité de la Muette in Drancy - internment campThe Second World War caused 55 million deaths, a total war which affected civilians for the majority. Never before had a conflict left so many material and psychological traces over a wide territory. When the war was finished, and all around the world, places which had been the theater of the most dramatic events of this war had a particular importance for the victims and for their families. Initially because these places were necessary for survivors and their families to come for mourning.

Commemorative sites of the Second World War in Seine-Saint-Denis

Tourism and memory

The visit of commemorative sites is a particular experience. Understand the various customs of commemorative sites and the limits of “tourism and memory”

The notion of Tourism and memory

The use of the word “tourism and memory” is relatively recent (1984). Before the term “important place of memory" served to indicate a place which had been the theater of a particular event.

The main commemorative sites of the Second World War in Ile-de-France

Carte des lieux de mémoire 2nde guerre mondiale

map Commemorative sites of the Second World War - text french website

La cité de la Muette, former camp of Drancy

In our social memory, the representation and the symbolization of the camp in Drancy evolved over time. It is today a symbol of the Shoah and internment of the Jews of France.

More information on Drancy camp, the shoah Memorial situated in Drancy in front of the Cité de la Muette


Bourget station

Passenger station and place of departure of 42 convoys for Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Read the text on the Bourget station.


Former Bobigny station

Railroad employee accommodation, merchandise station, place of departure of 21 convoys for Auschwitz-Birkenau.

More information on the Bobigny former station.


Le fort de Romainville of Lilas

This reference work of a Vauban-style military fort built in the 19th century was requisitioned by Germany in 1940. It is in the Fort de Romainville that the “massacre of the eleven” in August 1944 took place. It is also the place of the internment of two major figures of communist resistance: Danielle Casanova and Colonel Fabien. The Fort was also a camp for women.

More information about the fort de Romainville.


Livestock on Pantin plateform

Built in 1892, it was the starting point of the last major convoy of deportation of the Paris region on August 15th, 1944.

Read information of the livestock on Pantin plateform.


Swiss barracks

During the Second World War, this military barracks situated in Saint-Denis was used as an internment center for «high profile prisoners »

More information on the Swiss barracks


Bourget Aerodrome

Damaged during the Second World War, Bourget aerodrome was used from 1945 for the return of the internment camp prisoners from Germany and other concentration camps located in Poland. 

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