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Resistance: Memoirs of Occupied France: Translated by Barbara Mellor
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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.
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on 6 June 2014
An excellent and inspiring book that reveals the huge price paid by many resistants in countries occupied by Nazi Germany (and even many Germans who suffered under their own regime). If you ever wonder why fascism should never be allowed to raise its vile head again ANYWHERE, read this book and "The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis" and they give an insight into the cost paid by tens of thousands of brave souls, thoughout europe, who made the brave descision to resist this abomination. Very highly Recommended.
Lest we forget.
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on 31 March 2013
Resistance is written in diary form by Agnes Humbert about her experiences as a member of one of the first resistance groupd which sprang up immediately after the Nazis occupied Paris in June 1940, and her subsequent capture and 4 years of slave labour in Germany in the most degrading and appalling circumstances. Yet she never lost her determination to survive, to help others around her and nor did she loose her sense of humour. A very poignant book and another sharp reminder of the true horror of 1939-1945.
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on 17 May 2011
This is a very moving and at times difficult book to read. I am only a few years younger than the author and found it difficult at times to believe that such things were happening just across the Channel whilst I was studying for Higher Schools. It was a case of 'there but for the grace of God'.... I had not before read such an account of the ordeal suffered by French [and other occupied people] under the German Occupation. We knew that many people were sent to Germany to work but this is the first time I have read a first -hand account of the appalling treatment they suffered.It has altered my perception of Germans somewhat.These were oordinary people doing their 'job' but showing such appalling indifference to the pain and distress they were meting out. It poses questions which are impossible to answer. Have the Germans changed so much? I wonder.
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on 21 May 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was a good interesting read. I thought that the utter cruelty the women suffered was very moving. You could barely believe that this actually happened. It is very surprising that so many survived the the injuries and utter exhaustion of the work that they had to do. This part though seemed to go on through a good portion of the book. Would have preferred a bit more to do with the resistance. I did enjoy the book though.
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on 27 March 2016
A good account of one woman's experience in the early days of the French resistance to German occupation during the Second World War, when the iron fist was still in the velvet glove.
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on 29 November 2013
As there was a 70 year anniversary of the Second World War I purchased this book in order to do research and to make items to support a celebration of the selfless actions of women in wartime. This book is well written and is beautifully translated from the diary of a French lady to describe her role and experience in the Resistance. Do try it, you will not regret reading it.
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on 29 October 2011
Gosh, what a tremendous book. I could not put it
down from start to finish. One of the best books
written about the resistance. If you lend out your
copy - be prepared to replace! Cannot rate this
book highly enough.
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on 30 July 2015
Another great wartime story. I can only admire these people.
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on 7 September 2013
Loved this book from start to finish.Very well written and gripping storyline.Couldn't put this book down.if you like this sort of fiction you will love this book.
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