Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BBC News - French WWII resistance hero Raymond Aubrac dies aged 97

BBC News - French WWII resistance hero Raymond Aubrac dies aged 97


One of the leading figures of the French resistance against the Nazis, Raymond Aubrac, has died aged 97, his family says.

His daughter said he had died at Val de Grace military hospital in Paris on Tuesday evening.
Raymond Aubrac and his late wife Lucie became important members of Jean Moulin's underground

Raymond Aubrac Resistance movement in 1942.

Aubrac was arrested in June 1943 with Moulin, who died after torture.
In a recent BBC interview, he described how their arrests by the Gestapo at a doctor's surgery in the suburb of Caluire in Lyon had come as "a shock but not a surprise".
Jean Moulin, who had been sent by Gen Charles de Gaulle to organise the underground resistance to Nazi occupation, was tortured, taken to Paris and later died on a train to Berlin.

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His escape, thanks to the courage of his wife Lucie Aubrac, has entered into the legend of Resistance history”
Nicolas Sarkozy French President

But Raymond Aubrac escaped when a group of fighters including his wife attacked a lorry moving him and other members of the Resistance from jail in Lyon....

-bth: worth reading in full.

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