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|Quiz #382 Results
|Answer to Quiz #382 - January 6, 2013
|1. What date was this photo taken? For what occasion?
2. Where was it first published?
3. What was the man's name?
You can find this photo on TinEye.com,
but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
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|Comments from Our Readers
|The Crying Frenchman appears on p. 29.
The caption, along with another picture of the event, appears on p. 28.
|The Crying Frenchman
|Interesting Comments from Talea
|It is the strangest feeling, but I felt like I had a personal connection to
this photo. My first thought when seeing it was that it was the
liberation of France. I have no idea why that came to mind and I
don't ever remember seeing this photo before. I didn't use Tin Eye
DB pointed out that all of the people were well dressed and that made
me realize that the people had probably not yet experienced actual
invasion or warfare. The had no resemblance to refugees but clearly,
their eyes show a time of collective stress for their community. The
features of the people appeared to be European in descent. At least
two of the ladies bear a resemblances to famous actresses. This
added weight to my original thoughts of France.
I went ahead and Googled "liberation of France" 1940s and Monsieur
Barzetti was in the fourth row of Google images. For some reason I
kept thinking that the man's name was Marcel. I turned out that the
man was actually named Jeropme but the photo was taken in
Marseilles....close to Marcel. How weird is that! ;-)
|The tears down the Frenchman's cheeks were shed with many others on the streets of
Marseille. The sight which caused them was the procession shown below. The flags of
defeated French regiments, stranded since last June in Unoccupied France, were being
carried down to the docks to be sent to Algeria. Ordinarily these flags would be kept in
a Paris museum, as they were after the Franco-Prussian War, but today Paris is
occupied territory. Hence the flags were shipped, for safe-keeping, to General
Weygand's colonial army.
|The website Iconic Photos may
provide an additional clue that the
photograph was taken in Marseille in
the form of a letter to the editor,
published in Life Magazine on March
7, 1949. The story told by the letter's
author Leo F. Eisert of seeing the
same man in Parish some years later,
has not been authenticated, nor does it
give the man's name. So it is
uncertain how much weight to give
Eisert's eye-witness account. Eisert
could have seen the original photo and
caption from the magazine's March
1941 issue and written a letter to the
magazine with a fake report just to
see his name in print. We include it
here for the reader to judge its
|Front page (30th March 1941)
Les Drapeaux des Régiments dissous
partent pour l'Afrique
Un Français pleure
voir page 2
|Les Drapeaux s'en vont, un Français
Notre couverture représente une scéne
photographiée au cours d'une emouvante
cérémonie qui a eu lieu récemment à
Marseille. Les Drapeaux des Régiments
dissous aprés l'Armistice s'embarquent
pour l'Afrique du Nord. La foule assiste à
leur défilé, muette et bouleversée de
tristesse patriotique et de ferveur. Un
|homme pleure à chaudes larmes et la femme qui se trouve à sa droite ne peut contenir,
elle aussi, son émotion.
The Flags depart - a Frenchman weeps...
Our cover shows a scene photographed during an emotional ceremony that recently
took place in Marseille. Flags of the Regiments disbanded after the Armistice embark
for North Africa - the crowd attending their show, silent and upset with patriotic
sadness and fervor. A man cries bitter tears and the woman to his right cannot contain