- Starts: 18/08/2019 3:30 pm
- Ends: 18/08/2019 4:30 pm
Come and pay tribute to these young resistance fighters who were shot less than ten days before the Liberation of Paris.
On August 16, 1944, 35 resistance fighters were shot in the Bois de Boulogne after being trapped by the German intelligence services.
Most of these young resistance fighters were around twenty years. They were workers, doctors, students,… They came from all social, political and spiritual backgrounds. They belonged to the FTP of Chelles and its surroundings, the FFI of Draveil, the Civil and Military Organisation or the Fighting Christian Youth. They embodied in their own way the French Republic, a bright and welcoming Republic where one is free to be, to think, to believe or not to believe. But facing the inconceivable, the bonds that united them were so strong that their differences counted no longer. These links were those of the Resistance.
As every year, with the participation of the Music of the Peacekeepers and the authorities of the communes concerned, a ceremony in front of the memorial monument will pay homage to those last young people from the Paris region who were shot by the Germans (with 7 other rue Leroux in Paris’ 16th arrondissement) a few days before the Liberation.
On August 25, 1944, at 4 pm, General von Choltitz, German military governor of greater Paris, signed the surrender of the German troops. 75 years later, a small ceremony is held in commemoration of this significant event in the history of the Liberation of Paris.
Come and pay tribute to La Nueve Company, this part of the 2nd Armoured Division composed mostly of Spanish Republicans, which was the first to enter the French capital.