Unpublished: The Streets of Paris, Exultant – Paris Liberated: Rare, Unpublished – Photo Gallery – L

Unpublished: The Streets of Paris, Exultant
Thousands of Parisians — and untold numbers of refugees from other countries, trapped in Paris since the Germans captured the capital in 1940 — poured into the streets on August 25, 1944. They had been primed for liberation for months. Strikes — by railway workers, cops, postal workers — and a relentless, guerilla resistance had shown that the Germans’ hold on the city was tenuous, at best. When word spread that the Nazi military garrison in the capital had surrendered, the streets erupted. Wine flowed. People laughed, sang “La Marseillaise,” wept. “It was an amazing sight, and an amazing feeling,” Morse recalls. “So many people in the streets, holding hands, everyone headed for the Champs-Élysées and the The Arc de Triomphe, the same way that everyone in New York heads to Times Square, for example, when something momentous happens. It really was … liberating.” Above: A never-published photo taken by Ralph Morse, August 25, 1944.

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