It is hard to imagine in this era of the European Union that German troops as part of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich occupied France for four years, turning the countryside and Paris as the City of Light into very dark places.
That ended 70 years ago Monday when U.S. and French troops liberated France after the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. People in France on Monday celebrated the end of the Nazi domination seven decades ago. It is sad that not more folks who lived through so much suffering back then are not alive to enjoy the jubilation.
Millions of people died fighting in World War II. Millions of Jews and others died in Nazi concentration camps.
It was a deplorable time in world history. Humanity celebrates now with people also commemorating the start of World War I a century ago this year.
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The hope is that such a man-made global conflicts never occur again and people ultimately will find a way to live in peace, harmony and with prosperity for all. We are far from it, but it remains a noble goal.