Among the places I have documented that Felix A. Cizewski, my late father, visited while serving in Cherbourg with Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion was the Café de l’hôtel de Ville.
The Café de l’hôtel de Ville is located just south of the l’hôtel de Ville (Cherbourg city hall).
Researcher and friend Claude Letelier shared these photos of the Café de l’hôtel de Ville from WWII and today.
The WWII photo is not only of the Café de l’hôtel de Ville but also documents the Nazi crime of slave labor.
In February, 1943, the Nazis imposed Service du Travail Obligatoire (S.T.O.) (Compulsory Work Service) on the people of Occupied France.
The photo above is of the deportation of ethnic French residents of Cherbourg for slave labor mostly in Germany.
In the Nazi racial hierarchy, ethnic French were among those to be enslaved rather than completely exterminated such as Jews.
The French Jews of Cherbourg
French Jews of Cherbourg are not among those in the photo.
Prior to February, 1943 enactment of the S.T.O. law, the Nazis deported to death and slave labor camps as many French Jews of Cherbourg as they could capture.
Some survivors returned to Cherbourg after liberation.
Links with sources and for more information:
(In French) La France sous l’occupation: Le S.T.O.
(In French) Le S.T.O. (loi du 16 février 1943)
(Includes English): Louis PESNEL’s account from Mémoires de guerre: WWII stories, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie