What are some must see WWII sites to see in Paris, France and Germany?


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Question by Haters in the building™: What are some must see WWII sites to see in Paris, France and Germany?
I’m spending some time in Paris but I do want to check out Normandy, can anyone give me other sites to see in France? Museums, grave yards, galleries, ruins, monuments etc. And, Germany, as well? I didn’t have time to research so much and now I’m heading to Europe tonight. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Needful Sinner
A town and every person in it, man woman and child – ceases to exist.
It’s remnants a monument…
http://www.oradour.info/images/or698097.htm

Dachau, Germany’s first Concentration Camp:
http://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html

What is left of the FuhrerBunker, just an apartment building parking lot now:
http://en.tracesofwar.com/upload/1688080614174959.JPG

The White Rose Memorial
“The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to dictator Adolf Hitler’s regime.
The six most recognized members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo and beheaded in 1943. ”
http://edp.org/Germany/Ulm/SchollMemorial.jpg

“Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII Bunker Pointe du Hoc-Normandy France”

Allied cemeteries are spacious and open, well manicured lawns and landscaping, the fallen collected and interned in mass cemeteries… example:

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France
http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php

You won’t find the same of German cemeteries. Most often their fallen were buried where they fell, the occasions they were collected the grave sites have an entirely different ‘feel’. German war grave sites tend to be left to nature, not so much ‘open and spacious’ but in true Gothic fashion they’re more dark and forbiddingly reflective.
A German war gravesitet in France:
http://sites-of-memory.de/images/bitburgkolmenshoeheworldwars13.jpg

You would be amazed how much WW2 material is still in France, eg abandoned tanks in a French field
Shermans in the Forrest – Meucon, France
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNeVflAzYBk

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