Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mémorial Leclerc-Musée Jean Moulin

This weekend, we are visiting the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris/Musée Jean Moulin as part of our larger investigation of French and American experiences and memories of twentieth-century war.  The museums feature Général Philippe Leclerc, head of the Second Armored Division that played a major role in liberating Paris in August 1944, and Jean Moulin, leader of the French resistance and victim of Gestapo murder in 1943.  There are numerous memorials to both Leclerc and Moulin throughout France.  In Paris, Avenue du Général Leclerc serves as a major artery in the city's south; Avenue Jean Moulin and Collège Jean Moulin on Rue Alésia can be found in the 14th arrondissement.

The Mémorial Leclerc-Musée Jean Moulin is located atop the Gare Montparnasse, where Leclerc and Henri Rol-Tanguy of the French Forces of the Interior accepted German commander Dietrich von Choltitz's surrender on August 25, 1944.

Jean Moulin at left; the liberation of Paris in the center; Général Leclerc at right.

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