A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France

Book - 2008
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A real-life Suite Française, this riveting diary by a key female member of the French Resistance in WWII is translated into English for the first time. Agnès Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Though she might well have weathered the oppressive regime, Humbert was stirred to action by the atrocities she witnessed. In an act of astonishing bravery, she joined forces with several colleagues to form an organized resistance--very likely the first such group to fight back against the occupation.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596915596
Branch Call Number: 940.5344092 Humbe
Characteristics: x, 370 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mellor, Barbara


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Jul 24, 2012

A very detailed acount beginning with the fall of Paris in 1940. She was one of the first women organizers of the resistance. Although the book is not at all suspenseful, it gives a very unique perspective through journal entries and she never lost her dry sense of humour. Her progression from jails to prisons to slave labour camps shows how life just becomes surrealistic to the point where her previous normal life doesn't seem relevant. Also, the way that "community" develops so quickly among prisoners was surprising. A slow read but very insightful.

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