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    Mrs de Florian fled Paris before the outbreak of war in 1939, which saw the Nazis invade France and reach Paris on June 14. Pictured here, German officers and Parisians mingle near a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Elysees on Bastille Day in 1940

    “Parisians — and untold numbers of refugees from other countries, trapped in Paris since the Germans captured the capital in 1940 — pour into the streets on August 25, 1944” via LIFE.

    Place de la Bastille, Paris

    We'll always have Paris.


    Civilians run for cover as German snipers open fire from buildings in Paris, 26 August 1944.

    Parisian balconies...

    Parisian balcony

    Marie Tussaud was arrested and taken to the Bastille for being a royalist supporter. Her head was shaven, a custom before being taken to the guillotine, but was pardoned. She was forced to do not only one of the more curious acts in history, but one of the most morbid. She was employed to make death masks. The first were of course the most obvious: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

    Paris August 1944 after liberation from German occupation

    The Paris Apartment

    Parisian Café with fabulous red cafe chairs

    Parisians welcome Allied tanks into the city after its liberation. August 26, 1944.

    Hotel Amour Erotica

    Bastille Paris Photograph - Bastille Paris Fine Art Print

    Rue Henri Monnier, Paris

    25 August 1944. Tens of thousands of Parisians come out to celebrate the end of the Occupation.


    Liberation of Paris, 1944 | LIFE at the Liberation of Paris: A Photographer’s Story | Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Not originally published in LIFE. Parisians celebrate the liberation of the City of Light, August 1944.

    First World War German Nurse

    german soldier the little boy