After Finding Some WWII-Era Photos, He Captured His Town As It Looks Now. The Comparison Is Stunning

Redditor MisterBrick found a box of photos of his hometown, Dijon, France. The photos were from the summer of 1940, when Germany began its occupation. Paris, Bordeaux and Dijon, the more urban of the occupied northern French cities, were hit especially hard and citizens struggled with the new controlled economic rationing system imposed on them by the Germans. France's industrial production systems and manpower were of the most interest to the Nazi force's limited resources. Food availability and a sudden inflation devastated France - some historians report that the daily calorie intake of the average French adult dropped by more than half during the occupation, leading to an extensive black market. 

Dijon residents were notably resistant to the Germans, with anti-occupation graffiti appearing almost immediately and a common practice of cutting cables and sabotaging Nazi military equipment was widespread. Allied armies liberated Dijon in September of 1944, ending four years of German occupation.

MisterBrick returned to the scene of the photographs to present a then-and-now version of Dijon.

Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.


German officers at the Parc Darcy fountain.

Luftwaffe (Nazi air force) headquarters.

Open square.

Main Street and Guillaume's Gate.

Residential corner charcuterie.


Biking lane.

The large flag at the post office celebrates Dijon's liberation.

The day of Dijon's liberation, September 11, 1944.

Liberating forces arriving at the palace. The area has since been renamed Liberation Square.

Credit: Reddit | Connecticut College

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