This is not your conventional love story, but a love story nonetheless, one that has lasted for over 70 years between a city that had lived under oppressive occupation and a nation that came to rescue them.In the first chapter of this documentary series, we follow the German occupation of Normandy and the liberation of the French people, told through stories of the French who lived through this turbulent time and still speak of a love affair that bonds generations of Free French to their American liberators to this day.One little girl’s story exemplifies how the French saw – and still remember – the bravery and heroism of the American GIs and demonstrates why the United States has always taken part in protecting and liberating any who are oppressed. Her name is Dany Patrix, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, and she is the thread that weaves us throughout this story.
Why must this story be told? Almost as tragic as the lives lost to pay for this freedom is the collective memory loss in the United States about those memories. The people of Normandy still remember and appreciate to this day the sacrifices that were made, and celebrate these memories annually. As we have seen, when Americans experience this love, they are touched by it.
This should not fade into a one-sided love story. We cannot let the stories of the grateful French citizens fade silently into history.
During all the year, the Utah Beach proposes to its visitors a lot of events and animations, especially during the 74th anniversary of the Landing in Normandy: Program of the animations 2018
Exhibition “A camp for German prisoners in Foucarville”
Few people know the history of the camp of German prisoners built between 1944 and 1947. This place called “Continental Central Enclosure No. 19″ originally planned for 20,000 men had to expand to accommodate up to 60 000. A real city was built gradually, with electric lighting, roads, sanitation, and water supply ensuring the consumption of 600,000 liters per day.
This exhibition will present information, unpublished or confidential testimonies and original items, never showed to the public. Beyond life in the camp, outdoor work, relationships between prisoners and the local population, the exhibition questions the role of the prison world that displayed a rehabilitation objective of young Germans to democracy.
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