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Paris In World War 2: Photos Of The Nazi Joie De Vivre

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WHEN Paris fell to the Germans in world war two, what was life like in the city of lights? Paris-born photographer André Zucca took photos. They appeared in Signal, the German propaganda magazine, between 1941 and 1944. Are they propaganda? Or are they just what the photographer captured?

Ian Buruma looks at one photo and says:

Even the polar bear at the zoo in Vincennes looks disgusted with the Germans. His head lies on the slab of rock, contemptuous of the German soldier staring at him.

That same polar bear would later put on his best coat and dance for the allies.

One deputy mayor of Paris, Christophe Girard, looked at the photos and said:

“It’s complete manipulation. And it makes me vomit.”

Pierre Assouline wrote in Le Monde:

“In the shadows of these same streets, they were dying of hunger and cold. Raids and torture were taking place. Here we see only relaxation, joie de vivre, the nonchalance of a kind of happiness.”

Not everyone suffered all of the time in the war…

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates

  • Clive

    Anorak
    These are really fascinating pictures. Thankyou

  • Each one is fantastic.

  • arch9enius

    Nice glasses in picture#2. Parisian style was alive and well. …

  • arch9enius

    Picture 12 of 26
    Robin Hood at the Cirque D’Hiver. I wonder how long that show lasted.

  • And there’s me thinking WWII was fought in black and white. No smoking ruins here. Love the roller skates