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Les Glières National Necropolis: The Departmental Museum of the Resistance

Les Glières National Necropolis: The Departmental Museum of the Resistance

A little mountain road leads to the Plateau des Glières, a historical site where several chalets housing Resistance museums have been set up. The entire history of the Resistance can be relived at this unique site, with the battles that marked the Plateau des Glières recounted with photos and written texts. For 3 months of the winter of 1944, Haut-Savoyard maquisards or resistant fighters camped together on the plateau, exposed to extreme cold and hunger. On the 26th of March 1944, the Wehrmach surrounded them and fought with obstinacy to destroy them. This maquis became an important symbol for armed resistance. The tombs of the resistance fighters who fell during this battle on the 26th of March are visible at the Necropolis of Les Glières. There is undying admiration for these brave freedom fighters who died defending their corner of Haute-Savoie.

Museum of the Resistance in Bonneville

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 14:00 to 18 :00, this museum offers an opportunity to learn more about WW2. There is free access to an interesting array of photographs, costumes and materials in relation to the Resistance fighters. An historical fresco recounts the pre-war period but also life in Haute-Savoie during the German occupation. The 30s are recounted and insights into the rise of fascism are given. There is also a memorial to the victims of deportation to be visited. An interesting historical overview of the entire period from 1930 to 1945 is on display in this unique museum.

“I hadn’t realised that it was so simple to do one’s duty when in danger”. Jean Moulin