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From Normandy to Auschwitz (ePub)

Military > Memoirs WWII

By Paul Le Goupil
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 8.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 222
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781526721921
Published: 12th March 2018


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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 Rouen prison. Worse still was to come, and after an appalling journey and various labour camps, he ended up in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He experienced starvation, slave labour, 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.

An amazing autobiography that doesn't pull any punches - if there are still members of the parliamentary labour party tempted to deny the holocaust, then this book should be force fed to them, for they are doing their party and their country an enormous disservice. Paul Le Groupil's story is utterly amazing - there were few enough survivors of the holocaust and the horror that was Auschwitz - to live to tell his tale displays enormous courage and fortitude, plus the ability to tell the story in the first place. Breathtaking detail.

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About Paul Le Goupil

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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