The bust of Hitler and the Nazi flag of the Senate cellars, embarrassing legacy of the German occupation whose existence has been revealed, will be offered in deposit at two museums in Paris, said Thursday the presidency of the institution.
These coins "will be put on deposit at the Army Museum or at the Paris Liberation Museum," which has just opened, according to a joint communique with the Questure Council of the Senate.
Le Monde revealed in early September that this bust 35 cm high, and a Nazi flag 2 meters by 3 were kept since the Second World War in the Senate reserves. The Luxembourg Palace was occupied between 1940 and 1944 by the General Staff of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) for the entire Western Front.
The President of the Senate Gerard Larcher (LR), who "ignored (t) the presence of this bust", immediately asked the questure, in charge of the management of the institution, "to deepen the research on all objects".
It is a question of "conducting, in a spirit of transparency and in unquestionable scientific conditions, the work of census and exploitation of the archives of the period of occupation of the Palais du Luxembourg," the statement said.
This work, "conducted by the Senate's directorates, will be based on the consultation of historians specializing in the period and the museum institutions concerned".
And "this census, the conclusions of which will be made public, will allow the evaluation of the remains abandoned by the German occupant and their future assignment", conclude the President of the Senate and Questeurs.
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