Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Nantes, the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany (cont.) - The temporary exhibition, At War Times, 1914-1918/1939-1945 in Nantes/Saint -Nazaire - The 11th of January 2014 (morning)


At War Times was a very well documented exhibition on the two world wars as well as the inter-war period providing the viewers with  a thorough insight as to the important role played by many in Nantes throughout that particular period though what I also felt was that it highlighted the fact that Nantes was beyond no doubt a resistant and martyr city everyone ought to acknowledge and remember as such.

Grenade factory making in Nantes - photo taken in 1917 (left)

I was particularly drawn to the war diary which had belonged to a certain Jules Pervez together with a few war related propaganda leaflets and sketchings.

Queueing up sketch dated 1940 by Jules Grandjouan (left). Victor Riou as a prisoner sketched by fellow detainee at the Stettin prisoner-of-war camp in Szczecin, Poland in 1942 (left). 

By the time I walked back into the Castle courtyard the sun was unexpectedly shining, which strongly contradicted the meteorological forecast.

I felt that the whole time spent within the Castle's premises had been really worth it and by then I was more than prepared to continue "exploring" the city with a new acquired perspective (despite feeling rather sick).

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