« 2006-2015, the Maison du Souvenir : retrospective »
On the occasion of the 32nd edition of the European Heritage Days to be held on 19 and 20 September on the theme « Heritage of the XXI century, a future history, » The Maison du Souvenir de Maille decided, just this once, to put itself in the spotlight.
2006-2015, the Maison du Souvenir de Maillé, this is :
- 9 years of existence,
- 18 000 pupils
- 50 000 visitors
But this is also :
- 6 editions of the exchange of young German-French
- exceptional temporary exhibitions (Priest Péan, the demarcation line, The Hales, 1914-1918, from both sides, Armand, Wilhelm and the others, unique french-german exhibition…)
- unique animations (cartoon contest sponsored by Plantu « Cartooning for Peace », premiere of Christophe Weber’s documentary film 25 août 1944 : Maillé, un crime sans assassins, inauguration of Michel Audiard’s « Plaques »…)
- official visits (ambassador of Kosovo, Albert II of Monaco, State Secretary in charge of veterans…)
and of course its inauguration in 2006 by the President of the Republic.
Do not miss this retrospective
exclusively on the occasion of Heritage Days
Saturday 19 and Sunday, September 20
Schedules and usual rates of the Maison du Souvenir de Maille.
Projection of Maille, the forgotten Massacre offered
Each year, the site of the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau welcomes over a million visitors from all around the world. Whether we denounce it or congratulate ourselves on it, the development of tourism of Memory has transformed the individual experience of the visit to a collective experience.
Inside this colorful, multicultural crowd, we put our feet into those visitors, a look among others, to question the use we make of our places of Memory and the sense we make in pacing up and recapturing them by our presence.
How to behave when you visit a place that has witnessed so many horrors? How to behave in a place of Memory?
For his documentary, Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux immersed himself among the daily visitors of the Auschwitz camp in Poland. Without comment or judgment, he interrogates the viewer on both the memory tourism in general approach and his own posture in such places. A surprising meeting with different profiles of visitors, whether alone, in groups or with their high school class.
The Maison du Souvenir de Maille and its partners invite you to discover this disturbing documentary, in the presence of a member of the production team. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the impact and issues arising mass tourism in places of Memory, including the implications of a school trip at these sites.
Do not miss this special projection !
Friday 27 November 2015 at 19:00
at the City Hall of Maillé
as part of the « Month of the documentary film »
with the film director Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux
and a guide of the martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane
« THE WHITE ROSE »
a group of German students against Nazism
Presented at the Maison du Souvenir de Maillé until 31. August 2015
From June 1942 to February 1943, the Munich resistant students group « White Rose », German intellectual and peace movement, including Hans and Sophie Scholl, tries to call the awakening of consciousness and resistance to oppression of Nazi regime.
In their leaflets, they rise up and denounce the sufferings caused by war, deprivation of liberties imposed by the Hitler regime and the enslavement of minds. They are also among the first to warn about the threats to the Jewish population.
Multiplying actions, they will take more and more risks until their arrest and execution in 1943, after a summary trial.
A key exhibition exploring some unknown aspects of the Second World War and leading to a reflection on citizen resistance to totalitarianism and commitment.
This exhibition has been realized by the White Rose Foundation (Munich) and will be presented with the assistance of « Montgelas society for the promotion and the Franco-Bavarian cooperation » (Munich/Paris).
1914-1918 : both sides, Armand, Wilhelm and others
a shared war, from Touraine to the North of Lake Constance
July 2014 – May 2015
The Maison du Souvenir of Maillé, the Departmental Archives of Indre-et-Loire and the Cultural Service of the North District of Lake Constance (Bodenseekreis, Germany) join to evocate the fate of 6 soldiers – three French ones and three German – in the turmoil of World War I.
This exhibition, presented at the same time in France and in Germany, focuses more particularly on letters and cards sent by those men to their families. Through these correspondences, the initiators of this project wish to bring out the daily concerns of those “Tommies” and “Feldgrau”.
This exhibition, « Centenary » certified through the Centenary Partnership Program, will be presented at Kressbronn (Germany) from 6 July and the private view of its French part will be held at the Maison du Souvenir on 10 July.
A French and German exhibition catalog of more than 300 pages is for sale at the Maison du Souvenir (or by mail order selling in the « bookstore »).
Readings of Franck Pavloff’s famous short-story
» Do we know enough which may lead us collectively small cowardice of each of us? »
in partnership with « Week-end Musées Télérama »
Readings, by Möbius Band Company, of the famous Franck Pavloff’s short-story, which subtly portrays the insidious and dreadful way in which a totalitarian regime can take precedence over the consciences and settle into the daily lives of everyone.
Saturday 21 March à 16:00
Sunday 22 March à 16:00
Usual rates of the Maison du Souvenir
Free for Pass Télérama holders
Do not miss these event !
European Heritage Days
Since July, the Maison du Souvenir hosts its major exhibition for 2014 : Both sides : Armand, Wilhelm and others, a shared war. This unique French-German Exhibition shows the personal correspondence of six soldiers, three French ones and three German ones (among them, one soldier of Maillé), in the turmoil of trenches of First War World.
At the occasion of the European Heritage Days, the Maison du Souvenir will complete this exhibition with six other new portraits of local » Tommies ».
(Erratum : contrary to what advised in the official program of the European Heritage Days, thanks to note that it won’t be an exhibition of propaganda postcards).
Presented at the Maison du Souvenir de Maillé, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 september 2014.
Continuous days from 10:30 à 18:00.
Regular admission fees of the Maison du Souvenir.
History Book Fare : the two World Wars
In March 2013, the Maison du Souvenir organised an history book fare dedicated to the Second World War, which met a great success.
It has been decided this year to renew the experience and enlarge the theme to the two World Wars, because of this year of commemorative events.
This history book fare 2014 is, as last year, organised in partnership with Editions Anovi.
It will welcome other local publishers and many authors who will present and sign their books.
Appointment on Saturday 13 and Sunday 15. 2014, from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 19:00
Town hall of Maillé, (next to the Maison du Souvenir), city council room
So come all, with friends and family !
Exhibition « 1919-1939 : from a war to the other one »
How did we go from the « Very Last One » to the most deadly conflict in History ?
From the difficult next days of the First World War to the rise of the dangers and the inevitable return to the war in 1939, this exhibition offers an overview on economic and politic landscape of this troubled interwar period.
It helps understand how the second conflict ensued from the peace treaty negociations and the new politic roles of the European countries after the first one. It shows also the opposition between the pacifism at any price in some countries and the rise of belligerent totalitarianism in others. It talks as well about the role of the economic crisis of 1929.
An exhibition by the Directorate for Commemoration, Defence Estate and Archives of the French Ministry of National Defence, to understand the inevitable walking towards the war and how this Second World War was a direct result of the first one.
Until 27 June 2014
at the Maison du Souvenir de Maillé !
Exhibition : « Signs of Collaboration and Resistance »
From 2 October to 20 December – Extended until 30 December
From June 1940 to the liberation of Paris, the propaganda implemented by the occupying forces and the Vichy regime is omnipresent on all walls in France. In order not to let the monopoly of expression to the only Germans and the Pétain’s Governement, the Resistance tries to reply to this propaganda and starts a war of images and information.
28 exhibition panels composed this exhibition. They enable to show the way the German occupying forces and their French allies have marked the French territory with their symbols. They also point another kind of Resistance, less known, far away from those of the Resistant who, weapon in hand, attacks a convoy. Those which, despite derisory means and incurred risks, tries to reply with posters and tracts to make listen the voice of the Free France.
This war of communication is decoded and explained in « Signs of Collaboration and Resistance », presented at the Maison du Souvenir de Maillé from 2 October to 20 December 2013.
Exhibition : « Places of Memory today »
From 28 June to 30 September
From 28 June to 30 September 2013, The Maison du Souvenir presents an exhibition of photographies called « Places of Memory today ».
This exhibition of 23 photos has been carried out from the 93 pictures received on the occasion of the photography competition organised from April to June 2013.
Some pictures to remember, to make live or relive those vestiges, those symbols, sometimes forgotten, sometimes unsuspected. A point of view on those witnesses of a dramatic, troubled story, to catch the emotion, to arouse reflection, questioning or just to make share a felt, a sensation. And, in the end, to celebrate the life, nevertheless…
Exhibition: History seen by posters– from March 1st to June 30th
Thanks to its attractive appearance, posters from public notices offer a privileged access to the history of the two world wars. This exhibition, organized by the Archives départementales d’Indre-et-Loire, allowed us to follow developments in the field of political communication, from 1914 to the end of the Second World War.
weekend Télérama at the Maison du Souvenir March 23rd and 24rd
During the weekend Télérama, the weekly magazine Télérama propose you to enjoy a weekend in more than 240 arts venues in France. every museum, art center or gallery offer free admission and special events during the weekend. To access the event , cut the pass valid for 4 persons in the magazine from previous weekend.
During this week-end, book fair at the Maison du Souvenir: topic the Second World War
Photography Contest – from March to August
April to June: taking photographs of la Maison du Souvenir
July-August: exhibition of photographs
Conditions and contest rules will be soon available on the website www.maille.fr
Exhibition: Signs of collaboration and resistance – from September to December
This exhibition, organized by the ONACVG (French National Board of Veterans and War Victims) shows how the German occupation marked our territory by imposing its language and symbols to French population.
« The meaning of the European project »
at the Maison du Souvenir,
from December 8th 2012 to January 4th 2013
This exhibition is produced by the French federation of Europe’s houses.
In 2012, the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to the European Union. La Maison du Souvenir of Maillé took this opportunity to show to its visitors an exhibition tracing the main steps of this building and giving back the fundamental principles of this ambitious project: the European Union.
The private view was held Saturday, December 8th under the patronage of Mrs. Sophie Auconie, member of the European parliament and in the présence of Mr Laurent Baumel, member of the French Parliament.
As part of the Month of documentary film, organized by the french National Cinema Center, on November23th and 24th, the Maison du Souvenir organized two diffusions of an extract from the film “We were children”, made of testimonies of Jewish children hidden during the Second World War.
At the end, director Jean-Gabriel Carasso and Rachel Jedinak, one of the witnesses, answered questions from the public.
The video showing took place on November 23th in Maillé’s city Hall Council.
The one on November 24th took place in Tours, in the wedding hall of the town hall.
On November 17th 2012, at the Maison du Souvenir, Sylvie Pouliquen presented her book. Daughter of a couple in Resistance, the author, who is also the director of the René Descartes museum chose to pay tribute to all those who were opposed to the Nazis and the Vichy regime.
This book honors the courage and determination of these women and men in the shadows, all opinions mingled, who paid with their lives for the will to say «no». Into the 300 pages of this book are Resistant’s portraits, famous or fallen into oblivion. The purpose is to establish a chronicle of these multiple acts of resistance, from the publication of underground leaflets to armed fight. Hundreds of facts are thus highlighted.
The book is richly illustrated, including a large number of photographs of symbolic objects of the struggle against the occupier from the collections of regional museums.
The documentary « Maillé, a crime without murderers » on French television France 2 interested more than 1.2 million viewers!
Christophe Weber’s scenario and documentary. Produced by Sunset Presse and Centreimage. With the cooperation of France Televisions.
Maillé, then and now
From July 6th till September 17th, 2012
“Where are the ruins? » This question comes up frequently at the desk of the Maison du Souvenir. When we explain to visitors that the village was completely rebuilt with the exception of a farm, they imagine that there are no longer visible traces of the massacre and destruction suffered by the village.
Through this exhibition of postcards, the Maison du Souvenir proposes to rediscover the village of Maillé from early twentieth century.
Comparison of these images with current photographs showing the same scene shows traces of the August 25th, 1944 on the houses of the village of Maillé : change in the architecture of buildings, roads widened, the village from yesterday and today is both very similar and very different.
European heritage days
September 15th and 16th 2012
Especially for the event, visitors will have a chance to watch the documentary “L’autre 25 août”. It is made of testimonies of the rescued people.
The Maison du Souvenir will unusually be opened all day long from 9am to 7pm.
Divided Touraine – the demarcation line
from April 1st to August 30th, 2011
The Maison du Souvenir of Maillé realized this exhibition in partnership with the Academic Inspection of the Indre et Loire and the General Council of the Indre et Loire.
During the second world war, the demarcation line, fixed by the armistice of June 22nd, 1940, is the limit between the free zone in the South and the occupied zone by the German army in the North of France. It cuts France in two through thirteen departments and on about 1 200 kilometers.
On November 11th, 1942, the German army invades the whole French territory.
On March 1st, 1943, the demarcation line is officially abolished.
The exhibition reviews the current researches, by finding the most precise plan of this arbitrary border. It redraws the daily life, the administrative complications to obtain of the famous pass …
It evokes the world of the smugglers who, in an non armed resistance, refused the laws of the occupant, often at the risk of their life.
The priest Henri Péan, the underestimated leader of the Resistance in Touraine and in Vienne
March 1st, 2011 – March 31st, 2011
The Maison du Souvenir realized this exhibition in partnership with the municipalities of Draché, la Celle Saint-Avant and Maillé. The first day took place on February 11th, 2011 in Draché, in the presence of Monseigneur François Du Sartel, general vicar of the diocese.
Priest of the parishes of Draché, la Celle Saint-Avant and Maillé from 1930, the priest Henri Péan was, under the occupation, the soul of the Resistance in the South of Touraine. From 1940, he is used to make crossthe demarcation line to more than 2 000 fugitives, among whom of numerous Jews and allied airmen. He also forms a network of information and action. At the head, he organizes parachutings, passes on major information in London, factory of false papers, …
Arrested by the Gestapo in February, 1944, he dies under the torture.
He gave evidence of a total self-abnegation and a real contempt of the danger, in the service of all those who, as him, fought against the occupant. Archives are rare. The priest was too modest and worried of serving, to have thought of leaving testimonies. Hero of the Resistance, he thus remains underestimated.
The exhibition coincides with the release of Jean – Gilles Dutardre’s eponymic book (in French only) in the editions Anovi, presented during the exhibition’s first day.
On August 25th, 2008, Mister President of the French Republic, Mister Nicolas Sarkozy, laid a bunch on the Memorial of the cemetery and in front of the patch of the public garden in memory 124 victims.
He then inaugurated the Maison du Souvenir.
on 3 novembre 2008.
discours de Son Altesse Sérénissime le Prince Albert II de Monaco (crédit photo Maison du Souvenir)
affiche exposition Les époux Hale
H.S.H.Prince Albert II of Monaco
Madam Blum, mayor of Santa Barbara (Californie)
Mister Klein, First Secretary Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris