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(AFP) — Yvette Lundy, a Resistance fighter who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps after helping Jews escape occupied France, has died aged 103, authorities said Sunday.
The youngest of seven children from a farming family in the champagne-growing region around Épernay, Lundy was a schoolteacher during the occupation and also worked at the town hall, a key job that allowed her to join a resistance network known as the Possum Escape Line.
Papers - Jews - Men - Nazis - Programme
From 1940, she supplied fake papers to Jews, men fleeing the Nazis’ forced labour programme — the STO — in Germany, and escaped prisoners of war, who were hidden by her brother Georges at his farm.
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But the Gestapo caught up with her in June 1944, arresting Lundy, then 28, at her school.
She would be interned at Ravensbruck some 80 kilometres north of Berlin, the only camp reserved for women and children.
Lundy - Dehumanisation - Beginning - Front - SS
Lundy would never forget the dehumanisation she experienced there from the very beginning, when she was forced to undress in front of SS officers.
“The body is naked and the brain is suddenly in tatters. You’re like a hole, a hole full of emptiness, and if you look around it’s more emptiness,” Lundy said.
Interview - Le - Parisien - Screams
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