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Dijon: Then and Now

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Dijon is mustard, but to the French it played an important in World War 2, when it was held under occupation by Nazi Germany for 4 years. Located in eastern France, this city was heavily armed and its liberation in 1944 allowed the Allies to head towards Germany. A local resident recently found photos of the city from that period and went about photographing how the sights have changed in 70 years.

 

CLICK on any of the images to see what it looks like now

 
 
The fountain at Parc Darcy, with German officers posing in front of it.
 
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The Allied troops enter the city on 11 September 1944. 
 
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German Troops gathered near  the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy on 17 June 1940, when France surrendered to the Germans.

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Everywhere you looked there were German guards asking locals for IDs. Nowadays this is just an ordinary street.

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Luftwaffe Headquarters. The Luftwaffe was the Nazi air force.  Today the building houses a florist.
 
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The city was full of soldiers. The house in the back used to be a butchery. 
 
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The post office hasn’t changed a lot. The 1940s photo shows a large flag, hung after the Liberation. 

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This is one of the main streets of Dijon. You can see Guillaume’s Gate in the background.
 
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The Free French Forces arriving on Sherman tanks, near the Palace. The square is now known as Liberation Square, because of this event. 
 
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Nowadays the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy is used as the Town Hall and attracts many tourists.

 
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