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Genocide and mass violence

The death camps

Death camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau were built to exterminate the Jews of Europe

Carrying on from these killings, generally carried out by the Einsatzgruppen, the organized extermination of European Jews was edicted in late autumn 1941. At the Wannsee conference on 20 January 1942, the genocide became an industry of death and was methodically planned out.

Six death camps, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, were then built to accelerate the destruction of all Jews in Europe and thereby deliver a "final solution" to the "Jewish question".

The Auschwitz-Birkenau table, touchable and in multimedia form, offers deeper understanding of how the main death camp operated. This is the place where over a million Jews - men, women and children alike - were murdered.

The school bag and child’s shoe found at Auschwitz, presented together in the display, remind us that the murder of children bears the most undeniable stamp of the Nazi desire for extermination and genocide. In fact, over 1.4 million children under the age of 15 were slaughtered.


Civilians in wartime Mémorial

In Falaise, a new museum dedicated to both the life and survival of the civilians during WWII.

Mémorial de falaise

Arromanches 360 circular cinema

Don't miss! - The film "Normandy's 100 days". Archive images projected in HD on 9 screens.

Mémorial d'Arromanches

1944 radar museum

Discover the daily life of the German soldiers in charge of the air reconnaissance inside the bunkers

Mémorial de Douvres