Red Cross

Thousands of suddenly homeless Parisians rushed into shelters around the city set up by Red Cross workers, the Catholic church, and the government.

As the poet Guillaume Apollinaire approached the shelter at the Church of Saint-Sulpice, a well-dressed woman arrived at the same moment with tears rolling down her cheeks. "I don't have a home anymore," she cried, "and the city hall sent me here." She and Apollinaire entered the seminary doors to find hundreds of others in the very same situation already under its roof, now calling the church home.