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The historic region of Alsace-Moselle was a contended area between Germany and France. The memorial tells the story of the local inhabitants and their dramatic history during the Second World War.
The Memorial was erected thanks to the efforts of central and regional officials, to commemorate the fates of the inhabitants of Alsace and Moselle, part of Lorraine – lands that in the last 150 years were the object of contention between Germany and France.
The modern building is located on the slope, providing a spectacular panorama of neighbouring valley and onto the mountains on the opposite side, where Struthof-Natzweiler Memorial is located.
The building houses and extensive interactive exhibition, telling the history of the region and its people during the Second World War. The exhibition uses interactive displays, large-scale scenography, fine-tuned lighting, and sound to help the visitors immerse in the narrative. The story presented in the exhibition mentions the wartime displacement of population, German terror, forced inducement into the German Army, and the conflicting loyalties in this frontier region. The exhibition ends with the story of European integration after the war.
Apart from the exhibition, the Memorial collects documents and photographs illustrating the history of Alsace-Lorraine; these are available for researches in the reading room. The Memorial also prepares travelling exhibitions on specific aspects connected to the war in Alsace. There are also conference rooms available for education, screening of films, or rental.
Natzweiler – Struthof concentration camp
The Natzweiler Struthof concentration camp operated from April 1941 until September 1944. During this time an estimated 22.000 inmates died to disease, exhaustion, maltreatment or execution by the camp guards. The former camp currently houses a museum and the European centre of deported resistance members.
Located on northern outskirts of Strasbourg, MM Park houses an extensive collection of military vehicles and heavy equipment from World War II. There is a number of war-related attractions and exhibitions, recommended for any military history enthusiast.
Memorial Museum of the Maginot Line of the Rhine
Memorial Museum of the Maginot Line of the Rhine, Marckolsheim commemorates the fierce fighting of 15, 16 and 17 June 1940, which resulted in the destruction of over 80% of the town. The original firing chambers, generating unit, sleeping quarters and command post can be visited. The museum presents photographs taken in 1939 and 1940 as well as original weapons and military vehicles.
Memorial Casemate of Aschenbach
The Casemate of Aschenbach in Uffheim is an interval infantry casemate of the Maginot Line, composed of two firing chambers. Between 1990 and 2005, the casemate was restored by the Memorial Ligne Maginot Association of Haute-Alsace. Today the association offers guided tours of the casemate and organises a military re-enactment show.
Four-à-Chaux Fortress (Maginot Line)
The Four-a-Chaux is a Maginot Line fortress in Lembach, Alsace built between 1930 and 1935 and covering an area of 26 hectares. The guided visit of the fortress features the living quarters and equipment used to operate the cannons and moving turrets. It also provides information on the Maginot Line and the forts of the region.
Maginot Line Museum and Fort
The Schoenenbourg Fort is the most important Maginot Line fortification in Alsace, France. The fort has been open to the public since 1978. The barracks and kitchens, the command post, gun positions and other former locations can be visited. The museum presents documents on the history of the Maginot Line and on military life in a fort.
The ‘Musee de l’Abri’ at Hatten
The L’abri de Hatten museum is dedicated to the innocent civilian victims and the American and German soldiers who died in the battle of Hatten which was according to US general Devers “one of the great defensive battles of the war”. Visit the museum and appreciate the freedom and peace we enjoy today.