Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War
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 a
Looking forward to it.
The first section of the book is a journal kept by Humbert during her experience as a founder of one of the first groups of the Resistance. The second section is in journal format but written after her exp...more
A 40something Parisian art historian -- divorced, with children who are young adults -- witnesses the fall of France and decides to work against the Nazis.
After several months of pamphleteering, starting in late 1940, she and most members of her little network are caught in early 1941, tried and convicted, with the men shot and the women (including Agnes) shipped off as political prisoners to perform slave labor for the Reich.
I only hope that someone in China who endured similar struggles under the Japanese invasion during the WII would write down their memoires and have the history available to us.
It is very uplifting to...more
Agnès Humbert, a mother of two grown sons, also helps care for her mother, whose precarious health is made worse by the effects of the German invasion, including a torturous escape from, and then return to Paris. Agnès works fo...more
There was a long trial for most of the members of Agnes' resistance cell, but the results...more
Humbert was languishing in the countryside and sinking into despair when she heard a broadcast by General de Gaulle exhorting the French soldi...more
Reading this true story, even this long after WWII, was both enlightening and heartbreaking. Agnes Humbert tells her story as she helps lead one of France's first resistance newspapers and the su...more
BUT found that I imagine i wouldn't have been all too fond of Agnes Humbert if I had known her. I know that is so far from being the point of this book that it is laughable. It is just very unusual for me... normally I fall in love with the subject of a biography. This is very unfair but I think that the reason I didn't feel for Agnes as a person is because she left out so much about herself and her personal feelings. She talks about her love for France and how important resis...more
But ultimately it's not about the labor camps and the unspeakable dehumanizing h...more
The bulk of the book, on her experience as a slave laborer and after liberation, is q...more