Paris marks 75 years since liberation with new museum, re-enactments

PARIS (dpa)- Paris on Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi German occupation with re-enactments and the opening of a new museum dedicated to the events.
City firefighters in 1940s uniforms lowered a giant French flag from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the early afternoon.

Firemen hoisted the flag from the top of the monument on August 25, 1944, under fire from German troops.
Dozens of people in period costume and waving French flags later accompanied wartime armoured vehicles through the streets from the southern entrance of Paris, where the Free French 2nd Armoured Division entered the city 75 years earlier.
One young woman in a beret sat on a tank's gun turret as others cheered.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo officially opened a new museum of the liberation, in a building over the bunker used by resistance commander Henri Rol-Tanguy during the Paris uprising and the city's liberation.
"It is our responsibility to preserve and pass on the traces of this extraordinary moment in the history of our country and of Paris," she said.
Rol-Tanguy's underground bunker can be visited as part of the new museum, which brings together existing collections dedicated to the liberation of Paris, 2nd Armoured Division commander General Leclerc, and resistance leader Jean Moulin.

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

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