French resistance legend Yvette Lundy and surviving Nazi concentration camp died at the age of 103
French resistance legend Yvette Lundy, who survived the Nazi concentration camps and subsequently taught reconciliation with Germany, dies at the age of 103
- Yvette Lundy died on Sunday in the northern French town of Epernay
- She was raised to the second highest level of Legion of Honor on the 100th birthday
- She survived Ravensbrueck – the only camp reserved for women and children
Yvette Lundy, a French resistance legend who survived the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp and subsequently taught reconciliation with Germany, died at the age of 103.
Lundy, who on her 100th birthday was raised to the second highest level of the Legion of Honor Grand Officer, died on Sunday in the northern French town of Epernay.
They survived Ravensbrueck about 50 miles north of Berlin, the only camp reserved for women and children.
& # 39; I still think about the camp every day … often & # 39; the night before I fall asleep, & she told AFP in 2017.
Yvette Lundy, a French resistance legend who survived the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp and subsequently taught reconciliation with Germany, died at the age of 103
Lundy was the youngest of seven children in a peasant family in the champagne-growing region around Epernay, northeast of Paris.
She was a teacher in the nearby village of Gionge and also worked in the town hall, an important task with which she could join a resistance network known as the Possum Escape Line.
From 1940, Lundy supplied fake papers to Jews, men who fled the Nazi forced labor program for the STO in Germany and escaped prisoners of war hidden on his farm by her brother Georges.
But the Gestapo caught up with her in June 1944 and arrested Lundy, then 28, at her school.
She was taken to Ravensbrueck camp and says that she would never forget the dehumanization she had experienced there from the very beginning when she had to undress for SS officers.
Lundy, elevated to the second highest level of the Legion of Honor Grand Officer on her 100th birthday, died on Sunday in the northern French town of Epernay
& # 39; The body is naked and the brain is suddenly shattered. You are like a hole, a hole full of emptiness, and if you look around it is more emptiness, & Lundy said.
The ordeal would last almost a year until Lundy was assigned to a Kommando slave labor unit near Weimar – freed by the Russian army in April 1945.
It took almost 15 years for Lundy to talk about her experiences and give lectures to both French and German students.
The mayor of Epernay, Franck Leroy, recalled her & # 39; incredible dedication to commemoration duty & # 39 ;.
She & # 39; also had a vision of war and in particular Franco-German reconciliation which she considered extremely important & # 39 ;, Leroy told AFP.
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