Another memoir from an eye witness to the horrors of WWII Humbert s journal gives the reader an opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and textures of an era It plunges the reader into the atmosphere of that first year of Nazi occupation of France, into the minds and hearts of the first Resistance members She was an intelligent and courageous woman who stubbornly refused to give up, during captivity and forced labor, her spirits never wavered Her determination is humbling 3.5 starsFav Quotes I think back to all the happy times in my life Just the happy times The rest you have to forget, especially in here you must forget, or else you get wrinkles Wrinkles on your face are bad enough in your heart they are even worse.Before this I never used to cry now I m learning fast The tears stream down my cheeks as we leave the factory every day after work, and I have no shame I m not even embarrassed enough to hide them. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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 people than 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 or ambitiously 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. Mi diario se acaba el 13 de abril de 1941 sin embargo, mis recuerdos son tan claros que puedo escribir sobre ellos siguiendo un orden rigurosoNo podr a calificar al libro con menos estrellas, debido a que es un diario y su forma es mucho m s libre Ha sido una gran experiencia meterme dentro de las anotaciones de Agn s Humbert, a quien no conoc a hasta que hall el libro de casualidad Si bien sent a dudas sobre los momentos de confecci n del diario cu ndo escribe c mo recuerda todo , la cita que a ad me indic una posible soluci n de qu manera podr a olvidar el horror que vivi Humbert intent resistir la ocupaci n de Par s, la encarcelaron y la condenaron a trabajos forzados en Alemania Los fragmentos en donde cuenta detalladamente sus vivencias provocan sentimientos de toda clase, ya que trasmite tanto lo bello como lo indignante No me quedan dudas, eso s , sobre el esp ritu encendido de Humbert a veces, ese esp ritu la lleva a equivocarse y la brutal honestidad prejuicios incluidos y eran esperables con la que escribi describi cinco largos a os Es un buen documento, una voz m s que se suma a mantener fresca la memoria y una perspectiva de la Segunda Guerra Mundial a la cual, personalmente, no me hab a acercado. 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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.
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