“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.