a day of commemoration at the CHRD

a day of commemoration at the CHRD
a day of commemoration at the CHRD

On May 26, 1944, a tragic event marked the history of Lyon: the American bombing which caused more than 700 victims, leaving an indelible mark on the city.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of this dark episode, the Center for the History of Resistance and Deportation (CHRD) is organizing a special day. On May 26, the public is invited to take part in a 1.5 hour urban tour, retracing the bombing of the Jean Macé district and evoking the fate of civilians during the Second World War. This initiative will also be renewed on June 15, on the occasion of the European Archeology Days, until September 1.

On May 26, 1944, at 9:48 a.m., the alert sounded throughout the city, announcing the approach of some 400 American planes flying at an altitude of 7,000 meters. At 10:41 a.m., the attack began, mainly targeting the La Mouche railway junction and the Vaise station. It was an attempt by the Allies to disrupt the movements of German troops in preparation for the landings on June 6, 1944. However, the bombing, although strategically motivated, was inaccurate, causing enormous collateral damage. The human toll was tragic, with 714 dead and 1,800 injured initially recorded, but the real number of victims remains difficult to establish. The rescue work lasted three days and three nights to find all the victims. In addition, 1,200 buildings were destroyed, mainly in the Vaise and Jean Macé districts. The building which today houses the CHRD, formerly the Military Health Service School, was also affected.

In addition, the CHRD is offering an exhibition dedicated to Jean Moulin until May 25. For Museum Night, special programming will be offered the weekend of May 18 and 19.

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