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Paris Liberated: Rare, Unpublished (Photo slideshow)
Time Life ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | n/a

Posted on 08/25/2010 7:35:34 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy

Slideshow of newly-released photos.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: francde; paris; vichylosers
Liberation! A Republic Rejoices

In the long, cruel conflict that was World War II, opportunities for jubilation were scarce. But even among the era's handful of "wish you were there" moments -- VJ Day in Times Square; Russian and American troops meeting at Germany's River Elbe in April '45 -- for sheer, cathartic elation, none came close to the Liberation of Paris. On August 25, 1944, after a week of street battles, the German military garrison in the French capital surrendered to Allied forces. LIFE photographer Ralph Morse was there, and on the anniversary of the liberation, he spoke with LIFE.com about the atmosphere in and around the city; his trek with American troops (and Ernest Hemingway) through France toward the Rhine; and the photographs -- some seen here for the very first time -- that he shot during those extraordinary days in 1944 when Paris was, once again, free. Above: A previously unpublished photo shot by Ralph Morse, Paris, August 25, 1944.

1 posted on 08/25/2010 7:35:38 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy

“Is Paris Burning?”


2 posted on 08/25/2010 7:37:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ready4Freddy

Hopefully our country will celebrate like that when we’ve taken it back from the Socialists in November.


3 posted on 08/25/2010 7:42:28 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Ready4Freddy

Thanks for the post.. My dad, rest his soul, helped liberate France! God Bless the WWII Vets!


4 posted on 08/25/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks for posting this.


5 posted on 08/25/2010 7:44:38 PM PDT by miele man
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To: Ready4Freddy

I am hungry to see photos of Americans celebrating in the streets in November when we liberate ourselves from this statist regime.


6 posted on 08/25/2010 7:45:47 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (November 2010 . . . America's last chance for survival.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I am hungry to see photos of Americans celebrating in the streets in November when we liberate ourselves from this statist regime.


7 posted on 08/25/2010 7:45:51 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (November 2010 . . . America's last chance for survival.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

It’s embarrassing to the French because their capital was unscathed due to their cowardice. Warsaw was destroyed, but NO ONE will ever accuse the Poles of being cowards like the french.

The French would have licked the Nazi boot for centuries had it not been for the Anglosphere to rescue their ass.


8 posted on 08/25/2010 7:50:53 PM PDT by Gapplega
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To: Gapplega

You are soooooooo right. When in Poland......I had a Pole who actually apologized (out of the blue) to me for WW2. I almost cried.


9 posted on 08/25/2010 8:00:02 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Gapplega

Wrong, the USA


10 posted on 08/25/2010 8:13:12 PM PDT by STD (Witnessing Another Greek Tragedy as Our Chief Executive Implodes.)
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To: dfwgator

She probably just needs a prescription from her doctor, and it’ll clear right up.

/sarc


11 posted on 08/25/2010 8:17:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Gapplega
It’s embarrassing to the French because their capital was unscathed due to their cowardice.

Their cowardice? Was Choltitz (sp?) a coward also, for disobeying Hitler's direct orders?

12 posted on 08/25/2010 8:42:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dfwgator

bump for later


13 posted on 08/25/2010 8:49:33 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: Gapplega

It’s embarrassing to the French because their capital was unscathed due to their cowardice.

I am unable to cast that stone. I have seen the rolls of those killed in WWI in the villages thoughout France.

That they were unwilling to have thier sons and husbands killed in another war like they had seen their fathers and brothers killed is not too hard to imagine.


14 posted on 08/25/2010 8:51:01 PM PDT by Jolla
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To: Gapplega
It’s embarrassing to the French because their capital was unscathed due to their cowardice.

And then there was Oradour Sur-Glane

You may recall it from the opening episode of "The World at War."

15 posted on 08/25/2010 8:53:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy; Gapplega
It’s embarrassing to the French because their capital was unscathed due to their cowardice.

Their cowardice? Was Choltitz (sp?) a coward also, for disobeying Hitler's direct orders?

An elderly French woman once told me about standing with her countrymen and waiving at the German Army as they marched into France.

At a memorial service at St Avold, France, several elderly French men thanked me for the liberation of France.

An Elderly man in Germany told me about his service in Hitler's Bundeswehr. He had escaped an American POW camp in Germany and ended up in a POW camp with the British. He prefered his treatment in the American POW camp.

He apologized for his government's actions during the war and thanked me for the acts of the American soldiers.

Beyond this, all I know is the numbers of French Resistance members swelled in the days following the liberation of Paris.

16 posted on 08/25/2010 9:00:55 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Grizzled Bear

That’s not my point: if the standard to be set is that you are not a he-man unless your capital is destroyed, then you must still account for the possibility that the occupying commander will refuse orders to destroy it.


17 posted on 08/25/2010 9:08:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Grizzled Bear
An Elderly man in Germany told me about his service in Hitler's Bundeswehr. He had escaped an American POW camp in Germany and ended up in a POW camp with the British. He prefered his treatment in the American POW camp.

Every German I knew who was captured by Americans pretty much raved about the experience (as much as they could). The two I knew who were brought to the U.S. (one to Oregon, one to New England) became life-long fans, and one worked for the Americans in Germany his entire career after the war.

18 posted on 08/25/2010 9:16:09 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: caper gal 1
I am hungry to see photos of Americans celebrating in the streets in November when we liberate ourselves from this statist regime.

Electing Republicans won't liberate us from anything.

19 posted on 08/25/2010 9:33:00 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: Ready4Freddy

thanks for the post.


20 posted on 08/25/2010 9:45:07 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Gapplega

Most of the German occupiers were killed or captured by the French resistance in the days leading up to the German surrender of Paris.


21 posted on 08/25/2010 9:56:20 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Agreed - but I didn’t mention Republicans. We need to elect conservatives.


22 posted on 08/26/2010 8:28:13 AM PDT by caper gal 1 (November 2010 . . . America's last chance for survival.)
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To: dfwgator

Google what Warsaw looked like after 1939, not to mention after the Warsaw Uprising.


23 posted on 08/26/2010 5:46:56 PM PDT by Gapplega
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