He Found WW2 Photos Of Dijon In France And Retook Them 70 Years Later

My name is Pierre, I’m a 19-year-old Frenchman and a history hunter. Not only because I’m an archaeology student, but also because I wander around my city of Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, re-shooting WW2 pictures I found last year on the Web from the same spot and angle.

When and where it all began

Dijon was invaded on June 17th, 1940. These are the German troops gathering in front of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, a 14th-to-18th-century building which is the city hall.

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Dijon-now-then

On September 11th, 1944, the Allies reached the city

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Dijon-now-then

This palace remained the town hall and a major tourist spot

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Dijon-now-then

The Wehrmacht orchestra playing at Parc Darcy

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Dijon-now-then

The 13th century church of Notre Dame overlooks German soldiers

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German officers photographed front of the Parc Darcy fountain

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Dijon-now-then

Place François Rude

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In the forties, Place François Rude was covered with old-fashioned ads. Today, it’s a tourist spot with timbered walls, a carousel and artworks.

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Guards in front of a mansion in Rue Monge

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Dijon-now-then

When and where it all ended

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The Free French Forces triumphantly drove in front of the Palace of the Dukes. The occupation of Dijon is over.

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François Pompon’s Bear

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François Pompon’s Bear and two kinds of unexpected guests: thanks to my friends Quentin and Océane for snapping that one!

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