Wartime French resistance figure who saved Jews dies aged 103

Yvette Lundy supplied fake identity documents to people fleeing Nazi persecution


Yvette Lundy, a hero of the French resistance who supplied fake identity documents to Jews, has died aged 103.

Authorities in Epernay, northeast of Paris, said she passed away on Sunday.

A schoolteacher in the nearby village of Gionge during the war, she also worked in the town hall, a role that allowed her to join the Possum Escape Line resistance network.

From 1940, when she was 24 years old, she supplied the false documents to Jews as well as escaped prisoners of war and men fleeing the forced Nazi labour programme STO.

Many were hidden at the farm of her brother, Georges.

The Gestapo caught up with her in June 1944 and arrested her at her school. She was subsequently taken to the Ravensbrueck camp for women and children near Berlin.

She told AFP in 2017 in an interview to mark her hundreth year how memories of the camp still haunted her.

“Still today, I think of the camp at one point each day... often at night before I fall asleep,” she said.

She recounted how she was humiliated by being 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.”

She remained in the camp until she was assigned to a slave labour unit near Weimar that was liberated by the Russians in April 1945.

Ms Lundy did not speak about her experiences for 15 years but subsequently gave talks to French and German students.

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