Birth House of Victor Hugo in Besancon (Doubs)

“Only one slave on Earth is enough to dishonour the freedom of all men. So the abolition of slavery is, at this hour, the supreme goal of the thinkers.”
Victor Hugo, letter to Octave Giraud, 17 January 1862

Maison Victor Hugo © Jean-Charles Sexe/Ville de Besançon

Victor Hugo was born on 26 February 1802 in Besancon, where his father, a military man, was in garrison. It is in this historic house that the city of Besançon has arranged since 2013 a journey through the various commitments of Victor Hugo: for freedom of expression, for compulsory free education, for women's rights, against the death penalty, against misery, and of course against slavery.