Relive the most harrowing and heroic moments of WWII during a 3-hour small group walking tour of Paris under the Nazi Occupation. Explore the former urban battlefields where the dramas of war played out. See the bullet holes and tank impacts that still scar the landscape of Paris. Learn stories of the French Resistance and the brave everyday men and women who rose up to take their city back. Hear of how Hitler ordered Paris to be destroyed, and how the city narrowly escaped certain annihilation.
Meet your guide in central Paris and begin your historical walk through the annals of WWII in Marais, the Jewish quarter that was heavily affected by the Nazi invasion in 1940.As you walk, listen to dramatic stories of life under Nazi governance, including the hardships of food rationing and the terrors of round-ups, and deportations. Hear, too, about the local heroes who bravely risked their lives to protect the persecuted.Stop at the Holocaust Memorial to learn more about the plight of the Jewish community, and then cross one of the bridges that spans the River Seine to the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral.In front of this iconic church, hear the story of the courageous French Resistance fighters and see the first building that they took in what became the Liberation of Paris in August 1945.Your guide will point out battle scars left by the war that still ‘hide in plain sight’ on the buildings of the area, including damage caused by both Nazi and French artillery.Stop for a coffee break at an authentic French café, and discuss with your guide how Adolf Hitler demanded that Paris be destroyed, so leaving the city’s fate in the hands of just one man.Listen, too, as your guide shares intriguing tales of how the ‘Monuments Men’ saved countless works of art held in the city. This small-group tour is a great way to discover the forgotten secrets of one of the history’s most dramatic wars, as played out against the backdrop of the most beautiful city in the world.Your tour comes to an end near the Pont Neuf bridge in the city center.