Posted 4 years ago
What I would like to share today is a French Legitimation Card for The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life), held in Paris from May 25 to November 25, 1937, with 44 countries participating. The attendance was listed at 31,040,995. This is card no. 010425.
This exposition is remembered mostly for the contrasting pavilions of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union which literally “faced off” in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Here is an interesting quote from Wikipedia,
“Two notable pavilions were those of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The organization of the world exhibition had placed the German and the Soviet pavilions directly across each other. Hitler had desired to withdraw from participation, but his architect Albert Speer convinced him to participate after all, showing Hitler his plans for the German pavilion. Speer later revealed in his autobiographies that he had had a clandestine look at the plans for the Soviet pavilion, and had designed the German pavilion to represent a bulwark against Communism”.