|The German Wehrmacht marches down one of Paris' broad boulevards,|
(color photo by Andre Zucca, a French photographer who collaborated
with the Germans to produce propaganda photos of occupied Paris).
On June, 14, 1940, the German army marched into Paris. A little over a year later, on July 16th and 17th, 1942, following German orders, the French police and gendarmes arrested 12,884 Jews, including 4,115 children, all of whom were eventually transported by train to the extermination camp at Auschwitz. Few of the adults and none of the children were ever seen again.
|Rather than mount a futile defense of their city, Parisians cried a lot.|
|France was a complex, chaotic political geography of shortages, |
chaos, conspiracy, deceit, perpetual fear for nearly four years.
|Life on the streets of Paris was often a study in contrasts between those who collaborated with the Germans and those who didn't.|
(All color photos, above and below, are by Andre Zucca.)
|The yellow Star of David became a virtual death sentence.|
|Adolph Hitler plays tourist along with much of the German Wehrmacht.|
|Hitler and the Germans didn't necessarily know much about art,|
but they knew what they didn't like.
|A post-war photo of stolen art, stashed away in a church in Elligen, Germany (top). The lower photo is the art collection of just one|
man, German Reichsführer , Heinrich Himmler.
|The Astronomer, 1668, Jan Vermeer|
(Reserved for Hitler.)