Elaine Ganley Associated Press Published 10:11 AM EDT Aug 22, 2019 Paris – The Nazis knew everything about the city of Paris that they occupied – almost. They didn’t know about the bunker with a massive door as thick as a bank vault that served as a command post for the chief of the Resistance in the French capital. They didn’t know all the secrets of an underground world defined by codes, assumed names and identities that covered the tracks of saboteurs and fighters. On Sunday, Paris will celebrate 75 years since its liberation, when French and American tanks rolled into the former jewel of European cities that had epitomized the sweet life, but whose citizens were humiliated, hungry and mistrustful after 50 months under the Nazi boot. It was the Resistance movement that helped soften the city for the siege and the Nazis’ eventual surrender on Aug. 25, 1944. A parade will retrace the entry into southern Paris, heading to the building that served as headquarters for Henri Tanguy – alias Col. Rol – chief of the French Forces of the Interior of the Paris region. A new museum on the site dedicated to the liberation will open, throwing… Read full this story
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