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The voice of witnesses



75 years after the end of the Holocaust, the character of the survivor, the witness, has become, more than ever, an essential and necessary symbol. The stories of these witnesses, whether they were told, written or recorded during or after the event, constitute an immense source of information about the Holocaust today an immense source of information about the Holocaust — a comprehensive and unparalleled collection representing the memory of the Holocaust, which will live on after their passing, to be studied by future generations.

With this special exhibition, the Shoah Memorial invites the public to think about it means to be a witness, notably through the voices and words of Primo Levi, Simone Veil, Élie Wiesel, Imre Kertész, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Samuel Pisar andAharon Appelfeld.

The exhibition shines a spotlight on the history of the testimony and its presence in the public space, through a  frieze composed of biographies, original manuscripts, film and sound archives. Analysis and commentaries by intellectuals, personalities and historians run alongside the documents to help us understand them further. The exhibition also shows, in a creative way, the determination of the the third generation after the survivors to continue the transmission of the memory of the Holocaust.


« The voice of witnesses is a foremost a voice that comes from Birkenau. To be precise, from the ground at Birkenau, where manuscripts were buried by the Sonderkommandos »


Léa Veinstein
 scientific curator of the exhibition

Planning your visit to the Shoah Memorial

17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier
75004 Paris


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Saturday and until 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Closed on January 1, April 2, May 1, July 14, August 15, December 25, 2018
Closed on certain days during Jewish holidays:  / April 9 and 15, and May 29, 2020


Bus : 67, 69, 76, 96, Balabus
Metro : Line 1 : Saint-Paul or Hôtel-de-Ville ou Line 7 : Pont-Marie
Underground car parks : Pont Marie (48 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville), Paris 4th Baudoyer (place Baudoyer), Paris 4e Lobau (rue Lobau)

Accessible to people with disabilities


The museum, permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions are free.