An exhibition and a path of memory for the 80 years of the Liberation of Sète and the Thau basin

An exhibition and a path of memory for the 80 years of the Liberation of Sète and the Thau basin
An exhibition and a path of memory for the 80 years of the Liberation of Sète and the Thau basin

The Society for Historical and Scientific Studies of Sète and its region is inaugurating an exhibition of posters illustrating the Occupation, destruction and Liberation of the city, this Tuesday, June 25, on the facade of the Town Hall. It will precede a 16-step Memory Path which will be deployed in the city this summer.

Nearly three months of work on the Liberation of Sète and the Thau basin. Behind its president Jean-Renaud Cuaz, its vice-president Marie-Ange Martire, Gustave Brugidou, Louis Bessière, Ernest Puerta, the archivists Loïc Renaud and Pascal Trey…, the Society for Historical and Scientific Studies of Sète and its region (Sehsser ) collected all the possible archival documents, including the Arsène Chavin collection, which had immortalized Sète in ruins after the departure of the Germans.

It was necessary to create thematic files, listing the most bombed sites: the Sadi Carnot bridge, the Môle, the quays, the station. Then imagine a restitution. “From the start, we thought about redoing what we had done for the lookout. And we identified three stages: Occupation, destruction and Liberation”explains Jean-Renaud Cuaz.

A Path of Memory in sixteen steps, this summer

A first part of this work will be visible this Tuesday, June 25, in front of the facade of the Town Hall, on the rue Gambetta side. The Sehsser will unveil several posters on the 80th anniversary of the Liberation at 11:30 a.m. They will evoke the German Occupation (November 12, 1942-August 20, 1944), the destruction of the port (August 19 and 20, 1944), the Allied bombings (June 25, 1944) and the Liberation (August 23, 1944).

This editorial exhibition of posters will include the front page of Midi Libre at the time as well as the announcement of a Path of Memory in sixteen stages. It will be deployed from August along the quays and in town. These posters include historical photographs of the Allied bombings of June 25, 1944 and the impressive destruction carried out in a few hours by German troops the day before their departure from Sète and the Thau basin, on August 20, 1944.

A call to highlight the Resistance

Director of a show on the place of women through the ages a few years ago, Géraldine Delmas Sidobre is today launching an appeal to the people of Sétois to talk about a grandmother, a great-aunt. .. The actress wants to bring out of anonymity the Resistance fighters of Sète and the Thau basin who participated, directly or indirectly, in the Liberation“Many of them have not claimed their place as Resistance fighters even though their role was very important. For the sake of transmission, I want to highlight these forgotten women of history through a theatrical reading.” explains Géraldine Delmas Sidobre. For its part, the Sehsser is also launching an appeal to find personal documents or photos linked to this period which may be lying dormant in family albums. They could be highlighted during a conference-exhibition on November 16, 2024, at the Tarbouriech room. Write to [email protected]

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