EVENT: Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty
As we told you in our previous blog post, the Elysée Treaty was signed 52 years ago on January, 22, 1963. It signaled he start of a new partnership and friendship between France and Germany and,over the last 50 years, has become the engine that drives the European Union. It was instrumental in making the EU the success that it is today.
Now, obviously this deserves a celebration, and, when you’re partnered with the French as well as we are it’s definitely cause for celebration! So we are doing exactly that and obviously you’re invited along so make sure you get the details in your diary!
Join the Hon. Denis Barbet, Consul General of France in Atlanta and the Hon. Christoph Sander, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta, along with the Alliance Française and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, as we commemorate the 52nd Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty with the showing of the film Diplomacy.
When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Where: Alliance Française d’Atlanta/Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Auditorium
Admission: Complimentary. Prior registration is mandatory.
Introductory remarks entitled “From Paris to Verdun” by Dr. John Krige, Kranzberg Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of History, Technology, and society.
What is the film about?
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.
The film will be shown in English.
So join us as we celebrate this milestone in history. We look forward to seeing you there!