During the last weeks which preceded the liberation of Paris, General Von Choltitz had
received the order from Hitler to burn Paris and destroy it, at the moment when the Allies would approach the French capital.
Mr. Pierre Taittinger, President of the Municipal Council of Paris had asked Mr. Musy, and also Consul Nordling from Sweden to intervene. in
order to preserve Paris from an irreparable catastrophe. Mr. Musy had several conversations with Mr. Abetz, the Reich Ambassador, Marshal Von Rudstedt
and General Choltitz. It was urgent to intervene and Jean-Marie Musy stressed many times to the Germans that decency demanded that the capital be spared from
destruction. If Paris were bombed, perhaps hundreds of thousands of defenseless men, women and children would be decimated. Paris represents for all of the
civilized world such a cluster of intellectual, religious, artistic and scientific values, that "no one has the right to be disinterested with its fate."
And Paris was not destroyed ! In the final analysis, it was an immense effort accomplished by several men which saved
In the month of July 1944, "to thank Mr. Musy of his most precious assistance, the Municipal Council of Paris gave him a medal with the towers of Our Lady (Notre
Dame), this heart of Paris which he helped us to save."