By L. E. INDIANER
After engaging in a number of profitable raids opposed to the Germans, he was once arrested via the Gestapo. After beating and interrogating him with out acquiring proof of his guilt, they ultimately published him. conscious of the elevated risk, he determined to maneuver his spouse Angelina and their 4 little ones to Elne, a small village on the foot of the Pyrenees close to the Mediterranean Sea. He lower back to struggle, leaving them with Paul and Elizabeth Courty, Angelina’s mom and dad, and her sister Paulette.
In November 1942 the Germans moved their troops into the southern, unoccupied sector of France. Captain Johann Weller used to be despatched to Elne along with his German engineering battalion to construct fortifications alongside the Mediterranean coast. each one relations within the village was once ordered to deal with a German officer. Johann used to be assigned to the Courty domestic. at the start there has been a lot stress, yet with time Johann earned a level of admire from the Courty’s. He was once no longer the evil monster they'd anticipated. He used to be cultured, sort, and thoughtful. That didn’t regulate the truth that via partaking within the profession, he used to be supporting to additional the Nazi reason with all its evil.
Paulette, who spoke fluent German, got here to grasp him good, and over the years, they constructed a detailed dating. in simple terms the taboos created by means of the battle and profession stored her from responding to his overtures. Paulette labored for the mayor of Elne. The Germans had made their headquarters on the mayor’s place of work, and hence, she used to be uncovered to their conversations and plans. She used to be in a position to aid the Resistance by way of funneling this data to Marcel. This used to be complex through Johann’s curiosity, and she or he was once uncertain how a lot he should be relied on. whilst the German commandant started to suspect she was once a undercover agent, the complete family members confronted the chance of execution. What occurred subsequent used to be anything nobody may have anticipated.
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A BRIDGE TO ELNE; A FRENCH FAMILY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST THE NAZI OCCUPATION by L. E. INDIANER