TCD Alumni of Paris Guided Walking Tour: WWII and the Occupation - SOLD OUT

by Trinity College Dublin Alumni Society of Paris

On 21 octobre 2018, from 14h to 16h

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Welcome and Alumni and Friends!

Thank you for joining us on a Sunday afternoon for our encounter with occupied Paris. 

Our tour meets at the Tuileries metro at 14h on Sunday October 21st. 

We will hear how the Parisians survived the dark years of the Occupation (1940-44) on this walk around the area of rue St. Honoré, the Concorde Square and the Champs Elysées, through stories of daily life, the Gestapo, the Resistance and the Liberation. We will see the traces of the last street battle on rue de Rivoli and the Hotel Meurice, the very place where General Von Choltitz surrendered the German forces, and the Jeu de Paume Museum, where Rose Valland's heroic endeavours saved priceless artworks from Nazi plunder. We are going to contrast instances of collaboration with accounts of magnificent courage displayed by French and foreigners alike in the face of arrest and deportation. We will probe the murky activities of Coco Chanel and why Edith Piaf was arrested at the Liberation.  

We will celebrate with Ernest Hemingway the liberation of the Ritz Hotel, stride with Charles de Gaulle down the Champs Elysées and ask the burning question; "Why wasn't Paris destroyed as Hitler ordered?"  

After the tour, you are welcome to stay on with us to go for a strong cup of tea or a drink, whatever is your poison of choice.

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