Occupation and Liberation of Paris, from 1940 to 1944

Relive the period that marked French history 80 years ago, and immerse yourself in the historical and political context of the Occupation of Paris in the 20th century, on this unforgettable guided tour.

N.B. : The visit with a scheduled date is only available for 2 people or more (from €140).

  • Location : Paris
  • Duration : 2h30
  • Access by Public Transport : Métro line 8 or 9, stop Grands Boulevards, exit 1
  • Language : English

Occupation and Liberation of Paris, from 1940 to 1944
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In honour of the 80th anniversary of the Liberation, Explore Paris invites you to take part in the work of French remembrance.

Your guide will welcome you to the third Jewish quarter, at the heart of Paris, in the 9th arrondissement. He will take you straight into the French historical context, which led to the 2nd World War, the defeat of France, the conditions of the armistice and the division of the country into different zones and governance.

Part of the tour is about the major victims of the Occupation: the Jews. You'll learn about their daily under duress lives, from school to synagogue, from July 1940 following the decree on roundups and deportations.
The guide will also tell you the story of the many men and women who were political opponents, members of the Resistance or ordinary citizens facing the Nazi occupation.

The second angle of the visit focuses on economic collaboration in various sectors of activity, from luxury boutiques to banks by way of the stock exchange.

The third subject covered on the tour is cultural: along the Grand Boulevards and the Opera, follow the daily parades, accompanied by music, cinema, exhibitions and shows that appealed to many Parisians. 

Traces of the German occupation are still visible from the Opéra to the Grands Hôtels de Rivoli, and will lead your steps to the Liberation of France in August 1944.

The guide will provide you with historical facts and impressive anecdotes, as well as illustrations of the works of art stolen by the Nazis.

The Interkultur team is made up of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, all with one aim in mind: to help you discover Paris and the Great Paris from a historical perspective. Small and large fascinating stories are passed on in order to perpetuate everyone's memory and explain the deep roots of France. 

Don't hesitate to take a look at their other offers on Explore Paris!

If you want to discover more about French collective memory and French commemorative sites near Paris, Explore Paris proposes guided tours in the former deportation station of Bobigny, or in the Shoah memorial in Drancy.


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