By L. E. INDIANER
After carrying out a number of profitable raids opposed to the Germans, he was once arrested by way of the Gestapo. After beating and interrogating him with no acquiring proof of his guilt, they eventually published him. conscious of the elevated probability, he determined to maneuver his spouse Angelina and their 4 young ones to Elne, a small village on the foot of the Pyrenees close to the Mediterranean Sea. He 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 was once despatched to Elne along with his German engineering battalion to construct fortifications alongside the Mediterranean coast. every one kin within the village used to be ordered to deal with a German officer. Johann was once assigned to the Courty domestic. before everything there has been a lot pressure, yet with time Johann earned a level of appreciate from the Courty’s. He used to be no longer the evil monster that they had anticipated. He used to be cultured, sort, and thoughtful. That didn’t modify the truth that through engaging 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 understand him good, and over the years, they built a detailed dating. simply the taboos created by way of the warfare 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 workplace, and hence, she was once uncovered to their conversations and plans. She was once capable of support the Resistance via funneling this data to Marcel. This used to be complex by means of Johann’s curiosity, and she or he used to be uncertain how a lot he may be relied on. whilst the German commandant started to suspect she was once a undercover agent, the whole kin confronted the possibility of execution. What occurred subsequent used to be whatever not anyone may have anticipated.
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A BRIDGE TO ELNE; A FRENCH FAMILY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST THE NAZI OCCUPATION by L. E. INDIANER