The European Heritage Label awarded to the Memorial
On 31 March 2020 the European Comission awarded the European Heritage Label to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon Memorial with 9 other sites that have played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe or the building of the European Union. The focus is on the promotion of the European dimension of the sites and providing access to them by organising educational activites, especially for the young people. So far 48 sites have been designated. Further informations are available online :
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: « I warmly congratulate the ten new sites we have awarded with the European Heritage Label today. They all provide great opportunities for European citizens to conect with their cultural heritage and strengthen their sense of belonging to the European Union. » A European panel of independent experts from across Europe recommended the ten sites out of 19 pre-selected by participating Member States under the 2019 EU selection.
The European Heritage Label honours the history of the ‘Righteous amoung the Nations’ on the plateau around Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, center of France, that welcomed and rescued refugees from all over Europe during WWII. This recognition encourages us to continue passing on to the young people their values of tolerance and engagement.