Resistance: A Frenchwoman's Journal of the War
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 o...more
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
This is a republication of a journal that was originally published right after the war in 1946. It was very important then as it laid out what went on in the beginning of the French resistance after the Nazis took over. After Agnes was arrested for her Resistance activities, convicted, and ultimately sent to Germany as a pol...more
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
Humbert was languishing in the countryside and sinking into despair when she heard a broadcast by General de Gaulle exhorting the French soldi...more
But ultimately it's not about the labor camps and the unspeakable dehumanizing h...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.
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
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