1914-1918 : The occupation

Place du Jeu de Balle

Autumn 1915 : Strolling through the Vieux marché (old market), people watch a stall selling gilded and bronze objects. This trivial sight, almost timeless, indicates that occupation also had its moments of normality. In September 1914, Paul Max wrote: “The days pass by, nothing troubles the monotony of this war period, this day is like yesterday and does not anticipate anything in particular for tomorrow. So it is better to keep living like a brute, without reflecting, and trying not to think”.