ON their recent visit to Falaise in Normandy, members of the twinning association were fortunate to
ON their recent visit to Falaise in Normandy, members of the twinning association were fortunate to be one of the first visitors to its civilians in wartime museum.
An emotional experience resulted from our time at the first memorial of its kind in the world.
Unveiled just a week earlier by Eric Mace, Mayor of Falaise, accompanied by Bruno Altrichter, his twinning counterpart from Bad-Neustadt in Germany, it commemorates the 45 million civilians killed and 30 million displaced during the Second World War.
It also bears witness to the fact that for the first time there were more civilian deaths than military victims. Recent wars follow the same pattern.
The museum captures the considerable civilian impact on daily life through the German occupation, the Resistance, the Allied invasion and the huge reconstruction.
It is hoped to include civilian wartime stories from Henley as part of our twinning relationship.