The building of an historical interpretation centre telling the story of the people of Alsace and Moselle was the resultat of an initiative of Jean Pierre Masseret, then Secretary of State of Former Soldiers and War Victims, and supported by regional elected officials such as Philippe Richert, Alain Ferry and Frederic Bierry. In 1999, Philippe Richert and Jean-Pierre Masseret decided the construction of the Memorial Alsace-Moselle and decided to build it in Schirmeck.
Located midway between Strasburg and St-Dié-des-Vosges, Schirmeck is at the crossroads of the Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Vosges French departments. Schirmeck was the site of an internment camp opened by the Nazis in August 1940. Moreover, the site of the Memorial faces Struthof, the former concentration camp, as well as the European Centre of the Deported Resistance Members, located on the other side of the valley. The proximity of these two sites, as well as their complementary tour visits, makes the memorial a must-see for anyone visiting Alsace.
On 18 June 2005, the Memorial opened its doors to the public. Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, inaugurated it on 3 November of the same year.
The Alsatians and Moselle changed nationality four times between 1871 and 1945. Through an immersive and dynamic scenography, the Alsace Moselle Memorial reveals the particular history of these territories, from 1870 to the present day, particularly during the Second World War.
From 1940 to 1945, Alsace and Moselle were the only part of France to be annexed to the Third Reich and to experience the extreme violence of a totalitarian regime.
This situation cannot be understood without going back to the traces of a region that was disputed for a long time by France and Germany, and today is rich in the cultures inherited from this long struggle.
This place offers a history lesson of universal scope that teaches us the need to unite Europeans in their diversity and in respect for the dignity of each one to offer them peace and freedom. The final space is dedicated to the construction of Europe.
Le Mémorial Alsace-Moselle est OUVERT tous les jours de 9h30 à 18h, y compris les jours fériés (sauf durant le mois de janvier, ainsi que les 1er mai, 24, 25 et 31 décembre).
Public priceAdult : €11.00
Kid : €9.00
Price with the passAdult : Free
Kid : Free
Exhibition "Intoxicated! Youth under the Nazi boot".
From 1 February to 12 November 2023
The new exhibition of the Alsace-Moselle Memorial entitled "Intoxicated! Youth under the Nazi boot" reveals the indoctrination suffered by children from an early age in the totalitarian regime of Nazism.
Guided tours of the exhibition and events around this theme are scheduled throughout the year.
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The Memorial is accessible to people with disabilities. For those with reduced mobility or those who are handicapped, as well as those who may have difficulty walking, the Memorial is accessible through an upper parking lot.
- Physical disability
Schirmeck is served by the Strasbourg/Saint-Dié Line. (40 minutes from Strasbourg). From the train station and the town centre, the Memorial is a short 10-minute walk.
The Alsace-Moselle Memorial is located at the crossroads of Alsace-Lorraine and the Vosges. By car, it is:
- 40 minutes from Strasbourg
- 45 minutes from Colmar and Saint-Dié
- 1 hour from Nancy
- 1 hour, 45 minutes from Metz
- 30 minutes from the Entzheim Airport