This year, it is with sadness that many of us saw this day coming without the possibility of paying homage and honoring our liberators. One of these people, Nicholas Bellée, one of the founders of the museum, had the idea for this initiative.
Muse of the greatest artists of her time, Lee Miller embodied the feminine ideal of the 1930s. During the war, she proved to be an outstanding reporter at the time of the liberation of the camps. Photographing the enemy seems liberating for this bruised woman whose life and work are still intimately linked.
On February 22, 1943, three German students from the University of Munich were executed. They are accused of acts of high treason and subversive propaganda for repeatedly distributing leaflets. Among them, Sophie Scholl, a young woman barely 20, became a symbol of resistance and courage against Hitler’s murderous madness.
Discovered under a barrel, still covered in dust, these three helmets are riddled with impact from the fighting. We can recognize a camouflaged German helmet from a Heer unit, an SS helmet with some remains of camouflage as well as a heavily damaged American light helmet.
An exceptional donation for the museum: the jacket of the French Post Office, of a resistance member of the Centurie-OCM Network
An additional piece of history enters the museum. René Duclos’ jacket will be on display in a few weeks with its history. So that we never forget the sacrifice of these men, for our Freedom.
As the 7th German division commanded by Rommel, inexorably advances towards Cherbourg and as the war draws near to La Manche, a handful of diehards cling to the lines of defense in Le Cotentin and try to halt the dazzling advance of the enemy.
Due to its agricultural situation and a certain food self-sufficiency, La Manche even if it suffers, seems a little spared by the shortage at least as far as food is concerned.
Did you know ? The Normandy Victory Museum is located on a former historically known American military aerodrome: the A10 Airfield. It is still in operation and small aircraft can still use its shortened runway, 400 meters long.
This touching documentary traces the journey of young rescuers during the German occupation in the city of Le Havre. Using testimonies and archives, the team reconstructed the little-known story of these young Normans who worked with courage and altruism. Henriette Leprovost, who was part of this courageous youth and who testifies in the film, will be present to exchange with the spectators after the screening.
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In this strange year 2020, the ceremonies of June 6 almost failed to take place. So yes, they will be different, and they will be fewer, but for a large number of us, it was impossible not to pay tribute to all those men and women who fought for this Freedom, especially in this year 2020 , we measure the immense value. On June 6, join us on the A10 Airfield for an outdoor cinema session (Drive In) in a 1950s atmosphere
In 1939, when men were mobilized, women were on all fronts. They are found in domestic tasks as usual but also in the production of weapons, mechanics, fields, in hospitals, in the resistance and in battles. This exhibition pays tribute to them and highlights their sometimes overlooked actions.
In June 2019, the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings took place. An important event for the Normandy Victory Museum and for the region. Many visitors were there, tourists, locals, institutions as well as many personalities. Several events have been set up and some unforeseen events have delighted the public as much as our teams.