Barbara D. Loughman Le Lièvre Diary, 1945

Title: Barbara D. Loughman Le Lièvre Diary, 1945
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Barbara Le Lièvre kept a diary while living in Washington D.C. and Paris, France in 1945, during the final days of World War II. Early entries in the diary highlight Le Lièvre's daily activities in Washington D.C. and New York, including her attendance with her husband, Lucien, at a formal reception at the French Embassy in Washington where she met the new French ambassador to the U.S. She often refers to world events in her entries, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death and VJ Day, about which she wrote on August 16, "V-J Day--official holiday, Japan has surrendered!!" She and her husband sailed for France aboard a ship she describes as "a dingy troop transport," and arrived in Paris by way of Marseille on August 30. She writes that she feels "horror at the sight of Paris" as it rebuilds following the war, but over her time there gradually makes friends, finds a place to live with Lucien, attends dinners and fashion shows, visits museums and other tourist sites like Notre Dame and the Trocadéro, and rides her bicycle or walks through the Bois de Boulogne. Entries are fairly consistent, but end upon her return to the United States in December 1945.
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