France was liberated in 1944, and women accused of having been collaborated with Nazi personnel, are humiliated in public. This may seem like a war crime to todays’ audience, but during a time when people were overjoyed at seeing the Nazis leave, this image would have evoked feelings of victory.
Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel. Known by friend and foe alike as "The Desert Fox," for his uncanny ability to strike and move his Afrika Corps troops with blitz-like speed, he also is one of the very few Nazis worthy of admiration and respect. A hero during the war (even the Brits loved him) he eschewed cruelty, even disobeying direct orders to slaughter prisoners. Eventually implicated in a plot to kill Hitler, he was arrested, but allowed to commit suicide, saving his family and…
Armel Guerne (1911-1980) was a poet and translator. During World War II, he ceased all his literary activities to devote himself to resistance actions: he joined the Prosper-PHYSICIAN network of the SOE of Francis Suttill "Prosper". With the collapse of the network in June 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and interned in the Fresnes prison, Royallieu camp near Compiegne. After this he was sent to Buchenwald, where he managed to escape and make it to London.
Paul Touvier (April 3, 1915 - July 17, 1996) was a Nazi collaborator in Occupied France during World War II. In 1994, Touvier became the first Frenchman to be convicted of crimes against humanity. On July 17, 1996, Paul Touvier died at age 81 of prostate cancer in Fresnes prison, near Paris. Shortly before his death, Touvier was allowed to marry his wife Monique in a civil ceremony, allowing her to become his legal heir.
Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, 1945. Photo by Joe O’Donnell. This is O'Donnell's description of the older boy after the dead brother was placed on the pyre: "The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”
Août 1944 : la liberté guidant Paris - Libération. Un soldat de la division Leclerc est acclamé par la foule sur la place de l'Hôtel de Ville, à Paris 26 août 1944. AFP PHOTO A French soldier of the Leclerc Division riding a tank is greeted by Parisians on August 25, 1944 in front of the city hall during the military parade marking the Liberation of Paris during World War II. AFP PHOTO (AFP)
Commander Adelaide Sinclair, Director of the Womens Royal Canadian Naval Service. / Le capitaine de frégate Adelaide Sinclair, directrice du Service féminin de la Marine royale du Canada by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives, via Flickr