Hitler in Paris in 1940. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Albert Speer accompanies Adolf Hitler on his only visit to Paris:
“Three days after the armistice [ie the French surrender] we landed at Le Bourget airfield. We drove… to the Opera, Charles Garnier’s great neo-baroque building. Hitler… went into ecstasies about its beauty, his eyes glittering with an excitement that struck me as uncanny.
Afterward, we drove past the Madeleine, down the Champs-Élysées, on to the Trocadero, and then to the Eiffel Tower, where Hitler ordered another stop. From the Arc…
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