Memory collides with politics in Putin's 'Normandy landing'

/ | Jun 5, 2014

Memory collides with politics in Putin's 'Normandy landing'

D-Day observances have always been part memorial, part politics. Charles de Gaulle, France's wartime leader-in-exile and postwar president, boycotted Normandy ceremonies because he was kept out of the 1944 invasion; Ronald Reagan turned the 40th anniversary, in 1984, into a Cold War morality play. As dwindling ...