Exhibition on Churchill and de Gaulle opens in Paris
On Wednesday 8 April, the Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, visited the Musée de l’Armée to inaugurate the Churchill-De Gaulle exhibition.
The exhibition is open to the public until 26 July.
Accompanied by General Hervé Charpentier, military governor of Paris, and General Christian Baptiste, Director of the Musée de l’Armée, the Minister of State recalled that, “70 years on, they (Churchill and de Gaulle) still inspire admiration and stand out as exemplary statesmen”.
In the exhibition, the two great figures’ overlapping careers are illustrated by objects, paintings, uniforms and archive documents, some of them being brought together and shown for the first time. It is a unique opportunity to discover the least-known public and private facets of the two men, who shaped the history of the 20th century.
The retrospective, conceived for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation and the victory over Nazism, also marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death. “This exhibition also reminds us that while de Gaulle and Churchill were master orators, they excelled no less at writing. They have both bequeathed their written experiences of the war for posterity and their countries: their memoirs are a history lesson,” Jean-Marc Todeschini stressed.
“May their commitment, bravery, spirit of mutual assistance and ambitions for their countries continue to act as catalysts in the hearts and actions of the living,” he concluded.