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A must read for those who want an alternative view of the German occupation of France
on 27 May 2018
What an extraordinary memoire. I had a sketchy idea of the role of the French Resistance before I read this believing that this guerilla movement was fairly well organized in the beginning.
Agnes is caught up in the resistance because she believes in doing something rather than nothing. And what is exposed is the almost slapdash way the Resistance was created in the beginning.
But these remembrances, put into order as a daily diary, don't have much to do with the Resistance or its guerilla tactics. Because Humbert was captured early on by the Germans and she tells, in explicit detail, the horrors that she had to endure during her imprisonment and movement from one prison to another.
That doesn't mean she gave up. What shines through this memoire (the diary is mainly pieced together from her recollections) is her indomitable spirit of personal resistance and her belief in human right and her fight against her wrongdoing and, often, evil captors.
A must read for those who want an alternative view of the German occupation of France and for those who enjoy tales of the enduring spirit of human nature.