In the heart of 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 memory in France and in Europe, it is the first place of memory of the deportation and the Shoah of children erected in France in 1994.
Today it is a place of memory, education and life to understand the crime against humanity and act against all forms of discrimination. The place of memory and its permanent exhibition make it possible to make accessible to everyone
a complex contemporary history through guided tours, unpublished documents, new digital applications and online documentary resources.
The Maison d'Izieu offers numerous educational activities, travelling exhibitions, adult education, seminars in France and abroad and access to its Documentation and Research Centre. Every year, it offers cultural events that allow artists and lecturers to take part in citizens' debates, literary meetings or concerts.
VISIT THE MEMORIAL
-Guided tour of the house
The mediators of the Maison d'Izieu will accompany you on a dedicated tour of the house, a place of memory where the children's letters and drawings are collected. They will help you discover the history of the colony of Izieu, the circumstances of their care by Sabine and Miron Zlatin, their daily life in the colony and the round-up of 6 April 1944.
Duration: 50 minutes.
-Free visit of the permanent exhibition history, justice, memory...
Beginning in 1940, the permanent exhibition presents, through numerous archival documents, the history of the Shoah in France during the Second World War, the birth of international justice and its functioning up to the present day, and the construction of a memory of crimes against humanity. It provides a better understanding of the journey of the families and children of the Izieu colony.
Visit in a foreign language
To discover the history of the colony of the children of Izieu, to understand the history of yesterday and today, the Maison d'Izieu provides visitors with audioguides in English, German, Spanish and Italian.
A PLACE OF HISTORY AND MEMORY
The Maison d'Izieu, opened by Sabine and Miron Zlatin, received from May 1943 to April 1944 more than a hundred Jewish children to protect them from antisemitic persecution. On the morning of April 6, 1944, the 44 children and 7 educators who were there were rounded up and deported on the orders of K. Barbie, one of the leaders of the Gestapo in Lyon. With the exception of two teenagers and Miron Zlatin shot in Reval (now Tallinn) in Estonia, the group was deported to Auschwitz. Only one adult returned, Léa Feldblum, and all the others were gassed as soon as they were released.
Tracked down and brought back to France by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld helped by Fortunée Benguigui and Ita-Rosa Halaunbrenner, mothers of children rounded up in Izieu, K. Barbie is presented to the French justice. With the mobilization of many witnesses, he was tried and sentenced in Lyon in 1987 for a crime against humanity.
This trial firmly anchored the Izieu round-up in the French memory. The "Izieu Children's Memorial Museum" was inaugurated on 24 April 1994 by President François Mitterrand.
In 2015, the Maison d'Izieu sees the creation of the Sabine and Miron building.
Zlatin, the overhaul of its permanent exhibition and the development of new digital devices. It will be inaugurated on 6 April 2015 by President François Hollande.
A PLACE OF NATIONAL MEMORY
Since the presidential decree of 3 February 1993, the Maison d'Izieu is, along with the former Vélodrome d'Hiver and the former internment camp of Gurs, one of the three places of national memory for the victims of racist and antisemitic persecution and crimes against humanity committed with the complicity of the Vichy government known as the "government of the French State" (1940-1944).
A PLACE OF COMMITMENT
The Maison d'Izieu is a place of welcome and vigilance. Through the evocation of the Jewish children of Izieu and their educators, it is against all forms of intolerance and racism that it intends to act.
Réouverture du musée le 4 juillet
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