They grew up during the war (V. Cuvelier)

They grew up during the war (V. Cuvelier)

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Seventy years after the end of the Second World War came the time for commemorations (armistice, exits from the camps) which marked the will to continue and intensify a duty of remembrance essential to the younger generations. These are the '' children of yesterday '' who speak to the children of today: I have met old ladies and old men ... says the author Vincent Cuvellier, moaners, sympathizers, sad, gay, combative, politicized, victims. They all had one thing in common: stress and fear! They remember and tell ...

Life continues under the German occupation. When you are neither Jewish, nor Gypsy, nor Communist, nor homosexual, nor black, nor English or Spanish, neither resistance, nor political opponent, nor Freemason, you can live almost normally. Restrictions, fear of Germans, bomb threats punctuate the lives of children of all ages and all conditions.

Rationing and wooden footings

Most of French production (agricultural and industrial) is sent to Germany. Eating, warming and dressing is more and more difficult. We distribute supply cards to everyone, but it is not enough. In town crows and pigeons replace Sunday chicken.

System D and the black market

In secret, townspeople go to seek chicken, vegetables or butter on farms, but during the four years of occupation, the majority of French people will experience hunger. We practice bartering: a lot of beautiful geese for a wireless device, twenty liters of gasoline for a four-pound ham ... Some people take advantage of this system by illegally procuring good quality products to sell them at low prices. gold: it's the black market.

Childhood memories from 1939 to 1945

The author decides to meet some children of yesterday from all conditions: Yvan, Livia, François, Charles, Lionel, Marcel, Yvette, Marie, Alfred, Jean and Lucie talk about how they lived this time. Each one evokes with great emotion their memories of the occupation and the resistance, of how they escaped the raids and bombings. They explain how they lived, Jewish or not, depending on whether they lived in the countryside or in the city.

Vincent Cuvellier meets each of these people and allows them to evoke this difficult period, in their own way and with the emotion relating to their age and their personality.

Vincent Cuvellier, They grew up during the war (1939 -1945. Ed Gallimard Jeunesse Giboulées.


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