Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War
A real-life Suite FranÃ§aise, 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 awful atrocities she witnessed. In an a
No podría calificar al libro con menos estrellas, debido a que es un diario y su forma es mucho más libre. Ha sido una gran experiencia meterme dentro de las anotaciones de Agnès Humbert, a quien no conocía hasta que hallé el libro de casualidad. Si bien sentía dudas sobre los momentos de confección del diario (¿cuándo escribe? ¿cómo recuerda todo?) ...more
Résistance was founded by intellectuals who had no knowledge of espionage, intelligence gathering or secret codes. Their strength was drawn from moral anger and used brilliantly in their fight against tyranny and injustice. Agnès Humbert, a 46-year-old art historian an ...more
Looking forward to it.
What do you do when your beloved city is occupied? How do you respond?
This journal/memoir tells the story of a middle-aged educated professional woman who finds herself part of the earliest resistance to the Nazi/ Vichy regime, and who pays dearly for it. Originally published in 1946, the author was awarded the Croix du Guerre for her resistance.
The book reads quickly even if the material in it is jarring and traumatic, all the more because it is not a work of ...more
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 ...more
Her account ...more
Wow. What a story. I have read many different books about WWII, fiction and non, including one autobiography by a specific young Frenchwoman who helped many Jewish children in France. This memoir - part journal, part memoir, expands on that theme. It is the story of Agnes Humbert, who helped form and worked in the French Resistance, risking her life many times and landing in prison because of her efforts. In pris ...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
A passage I can't get out of my head:
Krefeld, 20 December 1942
The wardress tells us that a pastor is to visit us, bringing us festive wishes for Christmas. He appears as we are eating. Evidently he has had to make determined efforts in order to penetrate our strictly guarded quarters. An elderly man with a beaming face, he wishes us a ch ...more