WWII French Resistance

18 Apr

Today in my “France during the Occupation” course Jacques Dodeman, a French Resistance fighter, came in and talked to us! It was really incredible. He was only 15 at the beginning of the war and was a leader in The Auberges de la Jeunesses movement in Toulouse.  He spoke English very very well and told us all about how him, his parents, and sister lived in a flat in Toulouse that could fit 13 people total with them included. He said that 3 people could sleep on top of their big kitchen table, 3 below, and 3 right beside it.  He also spoke about making the forged documents and the rationing of food at this time.  We were also shown food stamp booklets, postcards (which were basically fill in the blanks so that you weren’t trying to sneak anything or send secret messages around at this time of the war), and his ID documents.  When someone asked why he did this? and was he ever scared? He basically said “no, no it was something we had to do”  He was very modest about his brave and dangerous efforts during the war!

Count down until Ireland: 2 days!

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