From Normandy to Auschwitz

Paul le Goupil

Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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16pp b&w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526721914
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The odds on Paul le Goupil living to see the end of the Second World War let alone the 21st Century were negligible in 1944. Yet he did.

As his extraordinary memoir describes, as a young man he found himself caught up in the maelstrom of the Second World War, active resistance to, and defiance of, the German occupation came naturally to Paul but led to his capture, beating and interrogation by the Gestapo and solitary incarceration in first French prisons. Worse still was to come and after an appalling journey and various labor camps he ended up in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He experienced starvation, slave labor, unbelievable hardship - death for many was a relief.

Paul survived but his suffering was not over as he and others had to endure a nightmare march before being liberated by the advancing Russians. All this and far more make this memoir an unforgettable, moving and inspiring account.

About The Author

Paul Le Goupil was born in 1922\. After qualifying as a teacher in 1942 he became a militant in the resistance movement of the FN (Front National for the Struggle of French Liberation). In 1943 he organised the FPJ (Front Patriotic de Jeunesse) in Normandy. His experiences both before and after his betrayal are the subject of this book. He was one of the few to survive Auschwitz, Buchenwald and the brutal SS organised march.

He returned to Normandy after being in Soviet and American hands to his life as a teacher in north West France. He retired in 1978 and lives in Valcanville, Normandy. He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1964.

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