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For Ernest Hemingway, whose bravado was matched only by his thirst, his liberation of the Ritz Hotel's bar in Paris was the stuff of legend.With F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway became enamoured with the Ritz as a penniless writer in Paris in the '20s, a time he immortalized in "A Moveable Feast".Hemingway persevered and on Aug. 25 he turned up at the hotel on Place Vendome in a Jeep mounted with a machine gun at the head of a group of resistance fighters.According to Hemingway's brother Leicester, the writer searched the cellar with his men, taking two prisoners and finding an excellent stock of brandy.Hemingway later wrote that he could not stand the thought that the Germans had soiled the room he shared with his lover Mary Welsh, whom he would marry in 1946 .Even the Ritz eventually forgave him, naming a small bar after Hemingway in 1994 .
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