14 June 1940, 7 am. The swastika flag is raised on the roof of the Grand Palais. Under occupation, it would become a showcase for the Vichy government: exhibitions and events held within glorified the new social and economic order based on close collaboration between France and Nazi Germany.
Outside, the assailants prevented fire fighters from approaching and the besieged were taken prisoner. Restorations to the façades have left visible the impacts of gunfire on the colonnade and the Alexander III rotunda.
We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the construction of this journey through the Grand Palais and those who have given us valuable time and information as well as permission to reproduce their documentation.