After Northern France fell to the Nazis, Lyon became the seat of the French Resistance. Information, arms, and supplies flowed across the mountains and into the city, where the nation's bravest freedom fighters plotted liberation. The Nazis were not amused, and in spring 1943 occupied the city with horrific intent. The infamous Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon," installed his Gestapo forces here.
Today, this former military hospital and seat of malevolence has been been transformed into a moving museum, a must-see for anyone interested in the era. It documents Lyon's dark est hours with dignity, using photographs and evocative exhibits, such as the vehicles used to deport Jews and other undesirables, and excerpts from Barbie's trial for crimes against humanity.
Multilingual audio guides make it accessible to anyone.
In addition to the museum, the Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation operates a documentation center (open Wednesday through Saturday) that is free to the public, offering more than 45,000 relevant works, 10,000 photographs, 5000 videos and 700 first-hand testimonies from those persecuted during WWII.
You can reach the center on either Tramway T2 (Centre Berthelot) or metro line B (Jean Macé).