Paris celebrates its liberation from Nazis, 75 years on

Paris celebrates its liberation from Nazis, 75 years on

26.8.2019

Paris celebrates its liberation from Nazis, 75 years on

Paris is celebrating the American soldiers, French Resistance fighters and others who liberated the City of Light from Nazi occupation exactly 75 years ago.

Long the jewel of European cities, Paris suffered relatively little damage in World War II, but its citizens were humiliated, hungry and mistrustful after 50 months under the Nazis.

The Parisians who weren’t deported or didn’t flee used ration tickets to eat, wooden soles on shoes to replace scarce leather and sometimes curtains for clothes. The black market thrived.

Seventy-five years later, she doesn’t take the killing lightly.

The German military governor of Paris, Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz, was arrested at his headquarters at the Meurice Hotel and signed the surrender.

Steve Melnikoff, 99, of Cockeysville, Maryland, came ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He calls war “nasty, smelly, terrible.” But he maintains that “it was important for someone to do this,” to stop Hitler from taking over more of the world.

AP reporter Don Whitehead, who was in Paris on Aug. 25, 1944, described both the exaltation and the violence that punctuated the day.

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75 years later, US World War II veterans say: Never forgetSeventy-five years ago, they helped free Europe from the Nazis. This weekend, U.S. veterans are back in Paris to celebrate — and commemorate. | AP

AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis[AP Note: This story by Don Whitehead was first published after Allied troops entered Paris on Aug. 25, 1944, to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation. The Associated Press is

75 years later, US World War II veterans say: Never forgetSeventy-five years ago, they helped free Europe from the Nazis. This weekend, U.S. veterans are back in Paris to celebrate — and commemorate. | AP

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