Vallée de la Bruche
Alsace - Massif des Vosges - France

The Alsace Moselle Memorial

More than just a museum...

An impressive time machine

The Alsatians and Mosellans have changed nationality 4 times between 1871 and 1945. Through an immersive and dynamic scenography, films, documents and decorations, the Alsace Moselle Memorial reveals the special story of these territories, from 1870 to the present day, especially during the period of the Second World War.
From 1940 to 1945, Alsace and Moselle were the only parts of French territory to be de facto annexed to the Third Reich and to experience the extreme violence of a totalitarian regime. This situation cannot be understood without returning to the traces of a region long disputed by France and Germany, and today rich in the cultures inherited from this long struggle. This place offers a history lesson with universal scope which teaches us the importance of uniting Europeans.
A must-visit for understand the cultural identity of Alsace and understand the attachment that this region has to Europe.

How can we tell History without those who lived it?

This is the regional and European vocation of Alsace Moselle Memorial : build a bridge between the generations of “elders” and generations X, Y and Z (that’s us!).

Here on 3000 m² an exciting time machine, an immersive scenographic journey from 1870 to the present day which succeeds in making citizens of the 21st century relive episodes of lives which already seem “ far far away ».

Pratical information on visiting the site.

We are not the ones who make history. It is the story that makes us.

You've never been there, because...

“We only talk about wars”

Quite simply, these conflicts have marked the lives of three generations

It is to better understand them that they are told but it is to remind us of the value of the words Resistance, Commitment, Progress, Peace and Solidarity that they are revisited. By going step by step through 150 years of extraordinary history, we realize that when “times are hard” we move forward better together. Looking closely, the Europe of our grandparents/parents, thanks to its tremendous progress, has made it possible to live in peace for more than 70 years despite all the difficulties or challenges still to be overcome.

“This is not a place for children”

Don’t they say “No branches without roots”?

Children, as long as it is made intelligible to them, are curious to know the history of their ancestors. Explaining history to children can seem tedious but, at the Memorial, it becomes accessible thanks to a tour that does not include scenes or images likely to offend the sensitivity of young people. It allows younger generations to understand simply and naturally the history of their ancestors.

Alone, or with family

During school holidays, the Memorial opens its doors to children, for the visit “ Jean or Hans, what a story! », specially designed for them. Accompanied by their parents and guided by a mediator, they will follow in the footsteps of a little Alsatian boy of their age, Jean, and his family. This adapted and educational guided tour retraces daily life in Alsace during the Second World War through the eyes of this boy.

A unique opportunity to learn more about the daily lives of children in this region of France annexed by the Third Reich during the Second World War.

Other activities and colorings are also available download from the Alsace Moselle Memorial website.

Dine nearby

Consult here the openings of restaurants in the Bruche valley over the next 4 days.

To complete the visit

It is to the initiative of the commune of La Broque, encouraged by French Remembrance and supported by local and European communities, that we owe the creation of this route from Memory to History: a concentrate of intimately linked history of Alsace and Germany from the end of the 19th to the 20th century.

Discover through a 5,3 km course punctuated with sites representative of the contemporary history of Alsace, the developments experienced by the population between two centuries and two countries.

He's marked with 10 steps: which connect the traces between Schirmeck and La Broque. As a highlight, the memorial stele on the site of the former camp says: "of Schirmeck" which, 60 years after its destruction, lifts the veil, through models, photos and new explanations, on the little-known and forgotten history of the disappeared camp of “ Schirmeck-Vorbrück ».

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Thematic booklet

From memory to history

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