Musées de Paris

Picasso National Museum

The Liberation of Paris Museum – General Leclerc Museum – Jean Moulin Museum: The museum opened in 1994 as Musée Jean Moulin to commemorate Jean Moulin, a hero of the French Resistance, and the occupation of Paris during World War II. Antoinette Sasse, an artist and another French Resistance hero bequeathed funds in her will to assist in the establishment of the museum. Its accompanying museum, the Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris, commemorates Maréchal Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the liberation of Paris.

Museum of the Art and History of Judaism:

The statue in the courtyard is Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French artillery officer who was accused of handing the secret documents to the Imperial German military in 1894. After a closed trial, he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. It was known as the Dreyfus Affair. He was exonerated in 1906 when it turned out that the real traitor was Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy who was found not guilty and fled the country. After Esterhazy’s acquittal, a French newspaper published an open letter titled “J’Accuse…!” by well-known author Emile Zola in which he defended Dreyfus and accused the military of a major cover-up in the case. As a result, Zola was convicted of libel, although he escaped to England and later managed to return to France.

Paris Museum of Modern Art

Les musées sont très intéressants. (The museums are very interesting).

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