BNP Paribas and the Second World War

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2024 marks the beginning of activities to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the liberation and reconstruction (1944-1945) of France. The BNP Paribas Group is taking part in the commemorations as a sponsor. Throughout the various remembrance events, Archives & Histoire will revisit the history of this period through a series of publications.

The war and BNP Paribas funds

Archives & Histoire began combing through its archives to write a history of the predecessor banks during World War II and immediate post-war consequences based on the Group’s historical archives.

Photo montage - official commemorations banner, Ministry of Defense, and extracts from board minutes (CNEP & Paribas), respectively the 7th of June 1944 and the 31st of August 1944, BNP Paribas Historical Archives, 200AH99 et 100AH1078
Photo montage – official commemorations banner, Ministry of Defense, and extracts from board minutes (CNEP & Paribas), respectively the 7th of June 1944 and the 31st of August 1944, BNP Paribas Historical Archives, 200AH99 et 100AH1078

We invite you to (re)discover the history of our predecessor banks which were immersed in the twists and turns of war and to understand how the war affected the organisation, work and activities of the banks. The work also highlights the men and women who distinguished themselves. At the same time, learn how the bank reacted, resisted, organised and reorganised.

We have selected 5 main subject areas, in connection with the themes that will mark the official commemorations: women, the Resistance, reconstruction, the Holocaust and deportation.

In future publications, we will discuss, among other topics:

  • the remarkable careers of people who distinguished themselves during the war;
  • the destruction of buildings and branches during bombing;
  • the Aryanisation of Jewish assets and dispossession, carried out with the help of banks, focusing on the Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Dispossession (CIVS) and the Paul Rosenberg case;
  • the nationalisation of BNP Paribas’ forerunner banks and the resulting reorganisation of their activities;
  • the impact of the social progress implemented in 1945-46 by the Provisional Government of the French Republic (GPRF) in the banking world, highlighting benefit schemes for bank employees during and after the war.

Commemorations as if you were there

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Stay tuned for new stories about BNP Paribas’ forerunners banks during the war years

In September, we will shed light on how the Resistance was financed on Paribas’ premises, with André Debray, who in 1944 secretly organised funding for the Resistance on the bank’s premises and took part in the fighting in Paris in August 1944, leading to its liberation on 25 August 1944.

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