Nazi Paris: Liberation and The Battle For Paris with Nigel Perrin

Nazi Paris: Liberation and The Battle For Paris with Nigel Perrin


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In the summer of 1944, Parisians took to the streets and fought to reclaim their city from the Nazis. This Conversation explores the events leading to the Liberation of Paris, the places where it happened, and the stories of those who took part.

When news arrived of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, many Parisians desperately hoped for a swift end to Hitler's Occupation. As the Allies pushed deeper into France, it seemed that the days of Nazi oppression and terror would soon be over. But Allied forces had no plans to head for Paris, and the city's future looked more uncertain than ever. Would the capital become the victim of a terrible final act of brutality and destruction?

After weeks of escalating tension between the occupiers and the occupied, French resistance fighters began to emerge from the shadows. Although ill-equipped and few in number, they took to the streets and began an urban guerrilla war against German troops. Paris's historic landmarks and gardens became battlegrounds, and hastily erected barricades recalled its bloody revolutions. While the eventual arrival of American and French forces ensured victory, the people of Paris played a heroic role in their own Liberation. But both the victors and the vanquished would create myths that continue to shape the 'Liberation story' told today.

Led by an expert on Paris's history of revolutions and resistance, Dr. Nigel Perrin, this interactive seminar will examine the extraordinary story of the Liberation of Paris. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how and where the fight for Liberation happened, who took part, the cost, and the legacy of this important moment in the city's history.

This conversation is the fourth in a five-part series by Nigel Perrin. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Another wonderful Nigel Perrin conversation

My family and I were fortunate to do a walking tour with Nigel before the Great Lockdown. While a Zoom conversation is not the same as walking through the streets of Paris with him, it is a pretty good alternative for the time being. This is due to the fact that Nigel’s deep knowledge and passion for the topic of France during the Nazi occupation shines through, even in the Conversation format. He is a terrific teacher.

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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
A palpable view of the Liberation of Paris

This is such a substantial (verbal) walk through August 1944 leading up to the liberation, day by day, hour by hour, story by story, document by document. I would love to take Perrin's walk tour and see all the bullet holes.

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Chicagofeedback (Chicago, US)
Concise and knowledgeable review of the liberation of Paris

This was a well-organized look at the key people, including those of the resistance, and the timeline between D-Day and the Liberation of Paris. It deepened my understanding of history and provided me a list of important places to visit next time I'm in Paris. I highly recommend this and other courses taught by Dr. Perrin.

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Laura (Suffern, US)

Nigel makes history comes alive. His sessions are filled with human interest stories and anecdotes, unexpected facts and a deep background in Nazi Paris. It's a great series!

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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Customer (Montclair, US)
Another wonderful Nigel Perrin conversation

My family and I were fortunate to do a walking tour with Nigel before the Great Lockdown. While a Zoom conversation is not the same as walking through the streets of Paris with him, it is a pretty good alternative for the time being. This is due to the fact that Nigel’s deep knowledge and passion for the topic of France during the Nazi occupation shines through, even in the Conversation format. He is a terrific teacher.

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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
A palpable view of the Liberation of Paris

This is such a substantial (verbal) walk through August 1944 leading up to the liberation, day by day, hour by hour, story by story, document by document. I would love to take Perrin's walk tour and see all the bullet holes.

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Chicagofeedback (Chicago, US)
Concise and knowledgeable review of the liberation of Paris

This was a well-organized look at the key people, including those of the resistance, and the timeline between D-Day and the Liberation of Paris. It deepened my understanding of history and provided me a list of important places to visit next time I'm in Paris. I highly recommend this and other courses taught by Dr. Perrin.

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Laura (Suffern, US)

Nigel makes history comes alive. His sessions are filled with human interest stories and anecdotes, unexpected facts and a deep background in Nazi Paris. It's a great series!