Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War



Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the WarA Real Life Suite Fran Aise, This Riveting Diary By A Key Female Member Of The French Resistance In WWII Is Translated Into English For The First TimeAgn S Humbert Was An Art Historian In Paris During The German Occupation In Though She Might Well Have Weathered The Oppressive Regime, Humbert Was Stirred To Action By The Awful Atrocities Sh

Agn s Humbert was an art historian, ethnographer and a member of the French Resistance during World War II She has become well known through the publication of a translation of the diary of her experiences during the War in France and in German prisons at the time of the Nazi occupation wikipedia

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  • Hardcover
  • 370 pages
  • Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War
  • Agnès Humbert
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 1596915595

10 thoughts on “Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War

  1. Chrissie says:

    I am recommending this book to anyone interested in the political agitators that sought to fight the Nazis I consider it one of the better books written on the subject It begins and ends with transcripts of the author s diary entries The first date from June 1940 to April 1941, ending two days before the author s interrogation by the Gestapo The final diary transcripts date from April 1945, four years later, after American liberation The intervening section was written immediately after the I am recommending this book to anyone interested in the political agitators that sought to fight the Nazis I consider it one of the better books written on the subject It begins and ends with transcripts of the author s diary entries The first date from June 1940 to April 1941, ending two days before the author s interrogation by the Gestapo The final diary transcripts date from April 1945, four years later, after American liberation The intervening section was written immediately after the war It covers her imprisonment, trial, deportation to Germany and life as a slave worker, classified as a political criminal The book was first published in 1946 and it was one of the first of its kind Its immediacy, the author s candor and rambunctious spirit shine throughout This is a remarkable book The author has something vital to tell us and she does it with precision, candor, spirit and humor Humor in a book detailing the life in labor camps Yes, biting humor Humor, when the situation is as bad as it is, almost hurts I get back from the factory after a truly grueling night, prostrated with exhaustion I am going to sleep like a log, I know But then I see my bunk is already occupied I start to make a fuss, but a plaintive voice beneath my blankets soon pulls me up short Oh please, please, don t be angry I haven t got lice and I haven t made your bed dirty I discover this is the new regulation For lack of space, the day shift and the night shift will take turns to sleep in the same bunks From now on we will find our bunks already warmed for us How delightfulpage 151 I marked line after line that I wanted to quote, but I simply cannot put them all here One example will have to suffice.Agn s Humbert Oct 12, 1894 Sept 19, 1963 was a mature woman of forty six at the date of her first diary entries She had a solid political background An art historian, she is articulate, well educated, committed and passionate As a member of the fledgling French Resistance, as one with vivid war experiences of life in labor camps and as one there in the confusion of the war s aftermath, she describes it all, simply and powerfully She experienced it all, and she has a remarkable writing ability All parts are written in the first person present tense This was one of the most difficult war books I have ever read, difficult simply because she makes it so very real and she makes the reader care ETA I should perhaps add that the book has a well written Afterward I read it in fact both before and again after finishing the book You get additional information about the author It is written by Julien Blanc There are also photos and extensive notes

  2. Anne says:

    This is a truly excellent memoir It is a unique account of WW11 told from the viewpoint of a French art historian whose acts of bravery and resistance eventually get her arrested Despite deportation to Germany and two years in a slave labor camp, Humbert maintains her humanity, her sense of purpose, not to mention her sense of humor After liberation Agnes is put in charge of the local German population her organizing abilities and her personal strength are immediately apparent to the allies This is a truly excellent memoir It is a unique account of WW11 told from the viewpoint of a French art historian whose acts of bravery and resistance eventually get her arrested Despite deportation to Germany and two years in a slave labor camp, Humbert maintains her humanity, her sense of purpose, not to mention her sense of humor After liberation Agnes is put in charge of the local German population her organizing abilities and her personal strength are immediately apparent to the allies She points a toy gun at the the German civilians and threatens them with it when they are reluctant to follow her orders Then, she goes off giggling with her friend There are literary, artistic and intellectual allusions throughout the book Some of them I had to look up My GR friend Wendy wrote that this is a woman she would have loved to meet I couldn t agree

  3. Rebecca Budd says:

    R sistance is a woman s journal that was written in a very dangerous and terrible time Yet during the darkest of the darkest moments and in the most desperate of circumstances, Agn s Humbert embodies courage, strength and purpose.R sistance 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 Agn s Humbert, a 46 year old art historian an R sistance is a woman s journal that was written in a very dangerous and terrible time Yet during the darkest of the darkest moments and in the most desperate of circumstances, Agn s Humbert embodies courage, strength and purpose.R sistance 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 Agn s Humbert, a 46 year old art historian and ethnographer, was an improbable candidate for the task that lay ahead Divorced, with two adult sons, she worked at The Mus e de l Homme, one of Paris s most prestigious museums Co conspirators included the unlikely Jean Cassou, distinguished cultural and political figure of prewar France, Boris Vild , an authority in the Polar Regions, and Anatole Lewitsky, a specialist on Siberian shamanism Not the usual people selected for an underground movement.R sistance is not an easy read because it gives graphic details of what actually happened in the work camps and prisons during World War II It is intense and candid While there are betrayals and deaths, it is primarily a story of redemption and about the friendships cemented by a common cause As the story unfolds, I was captivated by the humour and the laughter at the same time, I was awestruck by how many risks were taken to distribute their newspaper, R sistance.Would I be as courageous Would I see the danger Would I resist evil If you read R sistance and I strongly suggest you do these are the hard hitting questions you will ask yourself when you meet Agn s Humbert.https ontheroadbookclub.com

  4. Marty Selnick says:

    This book is the actual journal of a Frenchwoman s experiences during World War II At the start of the war Agn s Humbert was a bookish art historian working in a museum in Paris After the occupation of Paris began Agnes and other staff at the museum were replaced by Nazi sympathizers Together with some of her friends she decided to form a small resistance cell to share information and publish anti Nazi propaganda in a pamphlet called Resistance This cell was composed of other middle classe This book is the actual journal of a Frenchwoman s experiences during World War II At the start of the war Agn s Humbert was a bookish art historian working in a museum in Paris After the occupation of Paris began Agnes and other staff at the museum were replaced by Nazi sympathizers Together with some of her friends she decided to form a small resistance cell to share information and publish anti Nazi propaganda in a pamphlet called Resistance This cell was composed of other middle classed scholars, artists, writers, and even some social gadflies All well intentioned amateurs So, you can imagine a resistance run by amateurs was inevitably riddled with amateur errors It was not long before the arrests began Agnes was arrested in 1941 and spent the next four years in abominable circumstances Prisons, forced labor, and slavery Throughout she managed to stay alive This is the story of a remarkable woman who was very brave in dangerous times, and of her ability to deal with very harsh conditions.The book is written in the first person, present tense which gives it a real sense of urgency The first third of the book is her own journal entries from her time working for the Resistance The remainder of it was written during the nine months after her liberation, but she continued to write it in the style of a diary as if she had a journal and pen in prison with her She writes my memories are so clear that I am able to commit them to paper as they happened and in strict sequence I remember everything as clearly as though it was written in notebooks, one event after another I thought it was a pretty damn good book

  5. Kathryn says:

    This book seems intriguing in spite of some of the three star reviews it has received on Good Reads For one, I m not sure I could ever be temporarily burned out on WWII as one reviewer was nor will the existence of substantial appendices, an involved cast of characters, or any unfortunate disimilarities to The Hiding Place be a serious issue.Looking forward to it.

  6. Stephen says:

    Having recently read Irene Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise about life in Occupied France, I was intrigued to come across this astonishing journal by a woman who joined the Resistance indeed helped found one of the earliest groups in Paris , was captured, and survived four years in French prison and Nazi slave labor camps Her journal is first person, present tense, and, except for the years in prison, written at the time, as the events occurred This gives it an immediacy and authenticity both pow Having recently read Irene Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise about life in Occupied France, I was intrigued to come across this astonishing journal by a woman who joined the Resistance indeed helped found one of the earliest groups in Paris , was captured, and survived four years in French prison and Nazi slave labor camps Her journal is first person, present tense, and, except for the years in prison, written at the time, as the events occurred This gives it an immediacy and authenticity both powerful and rare Her style combines a dispassionate description of often harrowing facts and events with her passoniate, personal reaction to them poignant, intelligent, full of rage, humor and humanity The physical and psychological suffering she endured would have destroyed most people and did destroy some of the others she crossed paths with But she found somewhere the strength to maintain her integrity and her righteous indignation and she survived A quote from the journal written after her liberation, after all she went through, underlines the relevance of her story today in the end, national frontiers exist only as lines on maps There are just people those who fight for civilization, and those who fight against it Just those two camps No

  7. M.K. says:

    An astonishing account of one woman s involvement in the French resistance, her arrest, imprisonment, and experience during three years at German slave labour camps Agnes Humbert s account has both immediacy and candour She survives unimaginable horrors and throughout somehow retains the determination to resist the Nazis even with the smallest acts of defiance and sabotage An incredible story of WWII.

  8. F.R. says:

    Agn s Humbert s story is a remarkable one A middle aged Parisian academic who by her own admission had lived a lot of her life through books, but who nevertheless found steel in her soul when the Germans invaded in 1940 Joining up with like minded friends and acquaintances, all inspired by speeches by the exiled Charles de Gaulle, she worked within Paris to drive forward a resistance and keep the notion of a Free France constantly in French citizen s minds However, that is only the first Agn s Humbert s story is a remarkable one A middle aged Parisian academic who by her own admission had lived a lot of her life through books, but who nevertheless found steel in her soul when the Germans invaded in 1940 Joining up with like minded friends and acquaintances, all inspired by speeches by the exiled Charles de Gaulle, she worked within Paris to drive forward a resistance and keep the notion of a Free France constantly in French citizen s minds However, that is only the first part of this memoir, as Humbert and her cohorts were soon betrayed and she spent the rest of the war in dank prisons and then working as a slave labourer for the Nazis The descriptions of what she and her fellow prisoners went through remain incredibly harrowing, but Humbert refused to allow her spirit to buckle and it s that resistance these pages chronicle.Deep down in the British psyche there s still a grudge towards the French at how easily they surrendered in The Second World War, so it s refreshing and illuminating to read a first hand account of the anger which flared up in Paris Yes, there were peoplethan happy to collaborate with the invaders and with the new Vichy government, but there were others right from the start determined to disrupt the machine Whether that was just sticking up banners for de Gaulle in toilets or other public places, or typing Vive le g n ral de Gaulleon banknotes as no one could afford to throw away a banknote, so they d have to be passed hand to hand orambitiously starting an anti Nazi newspaper, these were people who took great risks for what they believed.But it wasn t just the politically engaged Humbert met One of the truly interesting things about the book though is how when Humbert was imprisoned, many of the other inmates were German Women of the Fatherland who d committed, in some cases, quite meaningless crimes but were given of years of hard labour in consequence And even though they were members of Aryan race, they were not spared the cruelty of their captors As that s the conclusion Humbert reaches, that there was no shared ideology in Nazism, it just allowed certain Germans to give into their lowest impulses and hurt, humiliate and even kill other people Humbert herself was beaten, starved of food, water and medical treatment, and had her hand dipped in acid And yet when recalling these dreadful moments, she is able to insert in moments of humour which show how well her spirit survived Here she is on the moment her captors told her she was now a grandmother, but for no reason other than spite rudely refused to answer any of her follow up questions What a peculiar sort of woman I must be Not satisfied with knowing that I am a grandmother, I also have to know the sex of my grandchild, his name and whether my daughter in law is well Doubtless German grandmothers are much less curiousOnly the opening section of the book, before Humbert is captured, is an actual diary When she was a prisoner it would have been almost impossible to do and a risk not worth taking if she was caught As such most of the book is written in the immediate aftermath of the war, however her anger at the various injustices and humiliations she and her fellow prisoners suffered is still sharp and painful There are a few odd mistakes America enters the war a month earlier than it should and it does have an idealised view of Stalin s Russia that was commonplace amongst the left in the thirties and forties, but this is a powerful, unremitting, compassionate and inspiring memoir

  9. Jennifer says:

    Agnes Humbert jumps off the pages of this book She is so vibrant and alive, you go right along with her, feeling what she feels Hard to put down, especially once one gets into the second quarter of the book.

  10. David says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Unlike the conventional wisdom that the French population caved and meekly submitted to Nazi control after the collapse and surrender of the French military, Resistance A French Woman s Journal of the War by Agn s Humbert tells of the stubborn resistance that made life difficult for the Germans The author was one of these who quickly became a key member of the Resistance machine The book reads almost like a journal or diary of the atrocities she observed and daily life under occupation She d Unlike the conventional wisdom that the French population caved and meekly submitted to Nazi control after the collapse and surrender of the French military, Resistance A French Woman s Journal of the War by Agn s Humbert tells of the stubborn resistance that made life difficult for the Germans The author was one of these who quickly became a key member of the Resistance machine The book reads almost like a journal or diary of the atrocities she observed and daily life under occupation She describes how the Resistance was formed and carried out their plans until she and her group were betrayed, taken to prison, interrogated, and some tortured to get information on other groups She documents many of her acquaintances executed by firing squad or sent off to labor camps The author was sent to a series of labor camps herself over the next two years but never gave up or lost hope and encouraged her fellow prisoners to help them maintain their will to survive As the war came to an end, she contributed her multilingual skills to help the Americans find Nazi criminals and sort the innocent from the guilty This book was originally published in 1946 in French, it was made available in English in 2008 Reads like a suspense novel but it s all real Highly recommended

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