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November 19, 2000
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"From to heart of our land flows the blood of our youth
Given to you in the name of freedom."
July 28, 2000, Caen, FranceThe best World War II museum we visited in France, the Caen Memorial Museum offers not just an extensive overview of World War II, but also the American Memorial Gardens, the stone walkway into which was engraved the above quotation.
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The building itself, with flags whipping in the wind out front, is striking. Inside, visitors receive an excellent overview of World World II, with most exhibits and displays in English, French, and German. For those visiting France and interested in D-Day or World War II, I would highly recommend this museum....
The Museum tour concludes with the Nobel Peace Prizewinners' Gallery, an area located beneath the museum itself in what was during the war a German command post for the Normandy sector. The shocking inclusion of Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Kissinger along with the unbelievably exclusion of Gandhi surely taints the list, but better to conclude a World War II museum with this than "Hall of Murders" or something similarly grim.
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