“Everyone in Paris once.” – German military catchphrase
This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Tuesday was D-Day, so let’s take a look at an understudied element of the hospitality industry: occupation tourism. What happens when an entire army comes to town? What happens when your conquerors are also your customers? How do you defend your country if the other side is keeping your economy afloat? And what if the best way to keep your city safe…is to allow your greatest enemy to walk in through the front door? This week, we’ll study one of the strangest and most consequential vacations in history, when Adolf Hitler put World War II on hold and went on a morning stroll through Paris.
Episode 26: “We’ll Always Have Paris: A Visit from Hitler”
Photos of Hitler in Paris
Inside the Third Reich – Albert Speer
We’ll Always Have Paris: American Tourists in France Since 1930 – Harvey Levenstein
“I Felt Like A Tourist Instead of A Soldier”: The Occupying Gaze – War and Tourism in Italy, 1943-1945 – Andrew Buchanan, American Quarterly, September 2016.
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris – Graham Robb
“Warfare and Tourism: Paris in World War II” – Bertram Gordon, Annals of Tourism Research, 1998
“Paris Through Enemy Eyes: The Wehrmacht in Paris 1940-1944” – Melanie Gordon Krob, Journal of European Studies, 2001.