A place open to all
In 1943, this home was a refuge and a place of hope for the Jewish children staying there.
A visit to the Maison d’Izieu enables all categories of visitor to learn about
the genocide of Jewish children during the Second World War, as well as the history of the relief networks that attempted to rescue these children from the anti-Semitic persecutions of France’s Vichy government and Nazi Germany.
A visit of 2½ hours is necessary to see all the exhibitions and videos.
The museography is intentionally simple and clear.
The exhibition presents only a few documents and images that young visitors may find shocking. These are located in a display case on the first floor of the Barn.
Due to the emotional nature of the subject matter and the site itself, only children aged 8-10 and older are capable of grasping the historical complexity.
Site and buildings
The house used for the Izieu home was built in the 19th century in the hamlet of Lélinaz, below the village of Izieu.
The site is isolated, overlooking the Rhône, with the Alps visible on the horizon.
The house with its long terrace extension and the two agricultural buildings (barn and silkworm breeding house or cocoonery) now accommodate the permanent exhibition, documentation centre and teaching rooms.
The site is protected and figures in the register of historical monuments.