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The Resource The general's niece : the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France, Paige Bowers

The general's niece : the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France, Paige Bowers

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The general's niece : the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France
Title
The general's niece
Title remainder
the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France
Statement of responsibility
Paige Bowers
Title variation
Little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"My dear Uncle Charles," twenty-two-year-old Genevieve de Gaulle wrote on May 6, 1943. "Maybe you have already heard about the different events affecting the family." The general's brother Pierre had been taken by the Gestapo; his brother Xavier, Genevieve's father, had escaped to Switzerland. Genevieve asked her uncle where she could be most useful--France? England? A French territory? When no response came immediately, she decided to stay in France to help carry out his call to resist the Nazis.Based on interviews with family members, former associates, prominent historians, and never-before-seen papers written by Genevieve de Gaulle, The General's Niece is the first English-language biography of Charles de Gaulle's niece, confidante, and daughter figure, Genevieve, to whom the legendary French general and president dedicated his war memoirs.Journalist Paige Bowers leads readers through the remarkable life of this young woman who risked death to become one of the most devoted foot soldiers of the French resistance. Beginning with small acts of defiance such as tearing down swastikas and pro-Vichy posters, she eventually ferried arms and false letters of transit to fellow resistants and edited and distributed the nation's largest underground newspaper, until she was arrested and sent to the infamous Ravensbuck concentration camp. The General's Niece reveals the horrors the young de Gaulle witnessed and endured there that could have broken her spirit but instead inspired her many remaining years of activism on behalf of former prisoners and of France's neediest citizens.Finally emerging from the shadow of her famous uncle, the life of this little-known de Gaulle adds a fascinating layer to the history of the second world war, including the French resistance, the horrors of and unshakeable bonds formed at Ravensbruck, and the issues facing postwar France and its leaders. -- Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The general's niece : the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France, Paige Bowers
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Resistance -- The road to resistance -- The call -- Kindling the flame -- Défense de la France -- Voices and faces -- Ravensbrück -- The project on the other side of the lake -- What can be saved -- Marking the days -- Release -- Liberation -- Rebuilding -- The return -- The antidote -- Noisy-le-grand -- A voice for the voiceless -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn961415570
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613736098
Lccn
2016044629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)961415570
Label
The general's niece : the little-known de Gaulle who fought to free occupied France, Paige Bowers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Resistance -- The road to resistance -- The call -- Kindling the flame -- Défense de la France -- Voices and faces -- Ravensbrück -- The project on the other side of the lake -- What can be saved -- Marking the days -- Release -- Liberation -- Rebuilding -- The return -- The antidote -- Noisy-le-grand -- A voice for the voiceless -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn961415570
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613736098
Lccn
2016044629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)961415570

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