Madame Fourcade’s Fun Fact #6


Fourcade had two young children born before the war, whom she dearly loved but did not see for months, even years, during the conflict. In the summer of 1943, after being informed that the Gestapo planned to seize her son and daughter as hostages, she arranged for them to be smuggled out of France. Not until later did she discover that they were abandoned before they got to the French border and had to make their own way into neutral Switzerland.

French Premier Pierre Laval and General Carl Oberg, the German police commander in Paris, responsible for the Gestapo and SS, May 1, 1943 (Bundesarchiv)
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Fun facts taken from Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, on sale now.

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