Alsace 101: the Alsace-Moselle Memorial
May 29, 2018
Cantilevering out of a hillside in Schirmeck, just southeast of Strasbourg, the dramatic Alsace-Moselle Memorial is a museum dedicated to history of Alsace and Moselle from 1870 to present day.
The museum chronicles the many tugs of war over the region through wars, regimes and empires, including its annexation by Germany in World War II, and the deportation of Alsatians-Mosellans to camps of the Third Reich. The memorial is located near the former Natzweiler-Struthof camp, in operation from 1941-44, and the only concentration camp established by the Nazis on French territory. The museum also gives context to the Franco-German reconciliation and reconstruction of Europe.
Inaugurated in 2005, the center serves not only as a place of reflection, but also of education with a vast Documentation Center open to the public, which includes written, photographic and multimedia archives, as well as a library of books and periodicals.