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The Liberation Of Paris, Then And Now: 24 Haunting Images That Blend The Past And Present

Photographer Julien Knez has matched up pictures of the liberation of Paris 70 years ago to how the city looks now.

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3. A barricade on Rue de la Huchette, 19 August, 1944.

Julien Knez / Robert Doisneau

This barricade acted as an aid post and was across the street from the famous fort Huchette at Notre Dame.


12. German soldiers on Rue Castiglione, August 25.

Julien Knez

These German soldiers were arrested by US forces and the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) near the Jardin des Tuileries and just steps from the Hotel Meurice which served as both headquarters for the German occupation forces, and staff housing for general Choltitz, the German military leader of Paris.


15. Place de l'Opéra, 25 August, 1944.

Julien Knez

The German governer of Paris, General Von Cholitz, is led to the Préfecture de Police de Paris to be surrended to the French General Leclerc.


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