New Neighborhood Voice

October 31, 2004

Remembering Gordon Edwards

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(Photo by J. Gordon Edwards, 24 September, 1944, Paris, France)

Paris had been liberated from the Nazi's one month earlier (on August 25, 1944): "Tall and
poised, towering above the crowd around him, Charles de Gaulle stood at the Arc de Triomphe
and before the tomb of France's Unknown Soldier.  He laid a wreath of red gladiolas on the
simple stone slab above the tomb. Then, with a symbolic gesture, de Gaulle relit the grave's
eternal flame, the first Frenchman to perform that act in freedom since June, 1940."
(From Is Paris Burning? How Paris Miraculously Escaped Adolf Hitler's Sentence of
Death in August, 1944, by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre) - This is what
J. Gordon Edwards helped accomplish in France in 1944 and what he went to see.
"On August 23, 1944, the following order had been transmitted from Adolf Hitler's
Supreme Headquarters in East Prussia to the (Nazi) Commanding General of Paris:"
"The Fuhrer therefore categorically reaffirms his order ... Paris must not fall into the
hands of the enemy, or if it does, he must find there nothing but a field of ruins."

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