Resistance and Deportation History Centre
Resistance and Deportation History Centre (14 avenue Berthelot, 69007 Lyon) – this museum is dedicated to the Frenchmen who resisted the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II. Lyon, which was considered the most important city of «Free France», was a hotbed of the country’s resistence against the Germans, even while it was under Nazi occupation (1942-1944). This museum is housed in the former military Health College, in the very building used by the Head of the Gestapo in Lyon, and is a powerfully symbolic place in the service of history and remembrance. The building’s cellars, in which the Gestapo’s victims were held, and which today house the temporary exhibitions, constitute the heart of the museum.
A special section is reserved for Klaus Barbie, the head of the Gestapo in Lyon during the occupation years. It chronicles his brutal mistreatment of members of the French resistance, as well as Jews and Communists. That, as well as his arrest and trial for his war crimes in 1987. Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Wednesday – Sunday). Admission: €4 (adult), €2 (students). Free for children under 18 years.