The only museum of its kind to cover civilian life during the war
... during the bombardments and mass exodus? What were relations like between these civilians and occupying forces, the Pétain administration and, after the Landings, Allied forces?
These are just some of the questions that arise when we start looking at civilian life in wartime.
As the Second World War turns from memory to history, the answers to these and many more questions can be found at the Civilians in Wartime Memorial, which opens in Falaise this spring. This “museum of memory” is the only one of its kind in the world! For never yet has a whole museum been devoted to the fate of civilians during armed conflict. War museums sometimes touch on the subject but the majority of material has always been devoted to war heroes – the soldiers and resistance fighters.
Civilians in wartime is a story left untold, a little known tale that nobody has really taken an interest in for the last 70 years.
Now it is time to recount this “silent suffering”.