Museum attendant at the Palace of Versailles, 1939 - 1946

Victorien Cessac worked as a museum attendant at the palace during the Second World War, and was one of the four men remaining at the palace when German troops rolled in on 14 June 1940.

Full Name
Victorien Cessac

Museum attendant at the Palace of Versailles

1939 - 1946
Versailles during the Second World War

Having worked as a museum attendant since 28 January 1913, Victorien Cessac was assigned to the Palace of Versailles as of 1st May 1939.

Victorien Cessac

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He witnessed the arrival of the Germans on 14 June 1940 alongside head curator Pierre Ladoué, and was allowed to retire in the Spring of 1946, less than a year after the end of the war.

Having already been ill for several years, he passed away on 21st September 1946 at the age of 59.

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