Thonon-les-Bains

Monument national aux Justes

On November 2, 1997, a little more than two years after President Jacques Chirac's speech in memory of the round-up at the "Vél d'Hiv", a national monument was inaugurated at Thonon-les-Bains in honor of the Righteous of France, at the initiative of the Consistory of France and the French Association for Homage to the Righteous Among Nations. In a clearing, the symbol of light and Good, a monument was put up in a part the Ripaille Forest that had been acquired by the town of Thonon.

Nicolas Moscovitz (of a Thonon family), the sculptor that designed and created the monument, says of it: "I made a stylized heart held by three Righteous standing on the globe. The heart, made... Read more

See photos
Information

Coordinates

Address : Maison forêstière de Ripaille, 10 chemin de la forêt , 74200 Thonon-les-Bains
GPS Coordinates : 46.388457 , 6.492337
See on map
Recurring events

Every year on Sunday July 16 (or the following Sunday) is a national ceremony.

Themes and resources
Themes
  • Monument
  • Rescue
  • Civil resistance
  • Deportation
  • Haute-Savoie
  • Genocide
Complete description of site

On November 2, 1997, a little more than two years after President Jacques Chirac's speech in memory of the round-up at the "Vél d'Hiv", a national monument was inaugurated at Thonon-les-Bains in honor of the Righteous of France, at the initiative of the Consistory of France and the French Association for Homage to the Righteous Among Nations. In a clearing, the symbol of light and Good, a monument was put up in a part the Ripaille Forest that had been acquired by the town of Thonon.

Nicolas Moscovitz (of a Thonon family), the sculptor that designed and created the monument, says of it: "I made a stylized heart held by three Righteous standing on the globe. The heart, made of brass, reflects like a mirror onto the Righteous. In the foreground, three other, smaller, characters represent the generations that the Righteous saved."

Twenty years later, in 2017, the French Association for Homage to the Righteous and to the Saviors of Life, with an audience of officials both civil and religious, renewed the homage to the Righteous, adding "Saviors of Life", to wit, the Jews and non-Jews who saved Jews and Gypsies who were threatened with annililation.

Nearby Sites