05 May, 2015

French-German WWII in the cathedral

Right, it's me behind the cathedral. But this story is about the commemorations of the end of World War II. They take place in the Cathedral. A very symbolic place in this city.

The French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier will commemorate together in Reims the 11th of May.

Surrender signed in Reims
You may know that the war ended in Europe on the 7th of May. The surrender was signed in Reims where the American general Eisenhower had his headquarters.

The room is still there excactly as it was 70 years ago.

The ministers may go to what is today the Musée de la Reddition, but they will certainly be present in the cathedral.

New stained-glass windows made by the German artist Imi Knoebel will be inaugurated. Next to other windows made by Marc Chagall, and they are in the part of the cathedral, visible somewhere behind me. They are surely worth a visit.

This great cathedral is always worth a visit.

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Once again - with its ups and downs - so are the bands between these two countries that have such a long history of war, but despite complications manage to show others that reconciliation is possible if you want it to be.

So guess what? I'll be there the 11th of May 11 o'clock. Or a little bit before.

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