The Maison d'Izieu, opened by Sabine and Miron Zlatin, welcomed more than a hundred Jewish children from May 1943 to April 1944 to escape anti-Semitic 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 Klaus Barbie, head of the Gestapo de 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, Lea Feldblum, and all the others were gassed as soon as they arrived.
Stalked and brought back to France by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld with the help of Fortunée Benguigui and Ita-Rosa Halaunbrenner, mothers of children rounded up in Izieu, Klaus Barbie was brought before the French courts. With the mobilization of many witnesses, he was tried and sentenced in Lyon in 1987, for Crime against Humanity. This trial definitively anchored Izieu's raid in the French memorable landscape.
The day after this trial, in March 1988, the association of the "Musée-Mémorial des enfants d'Izieu" was formed around Sabine Zlatin.
Since the decree of the President of the Republic of 3 February 1993, the Maison d'Izieu, together with the former Vélodrome d'Hiver and the former Gurs internment camp, has been one of three places in the national memory of the victims of racist and anti-Semitic persecutions and crimes against humanity committed with the complicity of the Vichy government known as the "French State Government" (1940-1944).
The site is protected and included in the additional inventory of historic monuments in 1991 through a national public subscription.
As part of the programme of the Grand Travaux de la Présidence de la République, the memorial of the Maison d'Izieu was inaugurated on 24 April 1994.
By focusing on its specific vocation, the children of Izieu and the crime against humanity, the Maison d'Izieu, a memorial to exterminated Jewish children, aims to contribute to the defence of dignity, rights and justice, and to the fight against all forms of intolerance and racism.
Visit the Maison d'Izieu:
Since the extension of the site and the redesign of the exhibition in 2015, the Maison d'Izieu has been offering many interactive contents and guided tours by the mediators.
Dedicated to the memory of the 44 children and their 7 educators, the visit of the house focuses on the evocation of their missing presence through letters and drawings in the refectory as well as the portraits of the children in the dormitories.
The permanent exhibition is divided into three distinct areas:
- the historical aspect "Why Jewish children in Izieu?",
- the judicial aspect "From Nuremberg to The Hague: judging criminals"
- the memory aspect "Memory and its construction".
Beyond being a place of memory of the Shoah, the Maison d'Izieu intends to contribute to the defence of dignity, rights and justice, and to the fight against all forms of intolerance and racism.
The Maison d'Izieu team accompanies you through many activities: guided tours, commemorations, seminars in France and abroad, cultural events, access to the archives at the documentation centre.
Open houses, guided tours by the mediators of the Maison d'Izieu in French and on request in English, Italian, Spanish or Hebrew.
Group visits are possible on reservation. Audio-guides available at the reception.
To extend your visit, a bookstore-boutique gives you access to many titles related to the history of the children of Izieu.
From 01/01/ to 31/12/
- Covered picnic area
- Public WC
- Car park
- Meeting room
- Coach parking
- Private parking
- Educational visits
- Coach access
- Themed tour
- Permanent entertainments organiser
- Tourist brochures
- Guided tours
- Hearing disability
- Mental disability
- Visual disability
- Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
- Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door >= 77 cm
- Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
- WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
- Site, building totally accessible
- Site, building partially accessible
- Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
- Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
In addition to the reception
Methods of payment
- American Express
- Bank/credit card
- Chèques Vacances
70 route de Lambraz Hameau de Lélinaz 01300 Izieu Show / Hide location
Booking centre, Maison d'Izieu
- 04 79 87 21 05
Direct, Maison d'Izieu