Maîtres mots

  • Il y a longtemps que notre pays est beau mais rude.

       --Newspaper editor Olivier Séguret, 25 January 2012

    The USA are entirely the creation of the accursed race, the French.

       --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writing to Nancy Mitford, 22 May 1957

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French Freedom of Speech

Today the cheminots are:


  • "À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
    "Voyager autrement"
    "Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
      --Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped

Fun French words

  • guilleret/tte

    (jolly, cheerful, gay, informal, casual)
    Etymology: old French guiler, originally from old Frankish gîlen, to make fun of someone.

    Twin Peaks est d’abord une expression idéalisée du mode de vie américain, l’Americana. Les lieux sont génériques (le Diner, la station service, etc.) et les personnages, des clichés: le noble shériff, le député incompétent, l’agent du FBI rusé, le motard, l’homme d’affaires corrompu, la serveuse guillerette, etc.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector


    Public sector

    post office workers in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, who have been on strike for more than two months. Guess which union!

    CGT union workers of Air France, calling for a ground strike on Saturday 2 August, not coincidentally one of the biggest travel days of the year in France. Passengers must be made miserable!

    Sud-Rail union members of the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux), had the nerve to ask for a special vacation for the end of the strike because the strike was so stressful for them. The direction refused this astonishing demand.

    Post office workers in Aubigny-sur-Nère, Argent-sur-Sauldre and La Chapelle-d'Angillon, on strike for the 39th day

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Thank you for this insight. I have always wondered about the everyday people caught up in the hysteria. So sad to lose one's life - to death or to cleaning up after it.


Interesting.

Liebe Rosmarie! Thanks. What is your book about?

Interesting entry, although I'm surprised you claim the Hitler Jugend took all German children, because they didn't.

Hello,

My name is Shane, I am currently doing a project on Truemmerfrauen for my University. I find this topic very interesting. If you could return an email to me, i would greatly appreciate if you could answer a few questions, which you would know from your Mothers stories.

Any help would be greatly needed
Shane McCaul
Ireland

Shane, Everything I know is in the post above, sorry.

Hello,

I need some information about the "trümmerfrauen" for a school project.
Could you send me an e-mail to my address telling me what do you know of this topic?

Any help would be fantastic!
Thanks,

Andrea (from Barcelona)

Read the comment right above yours.

Thank you for sharing this story and the beautiful photos.

http://www.bluefat.com/ThePotatoWoman.html

Can you direct me to the provenance of the 4th photo posted on your entry?

I am doing a body of artwork about trummerfrauen and related material. I am a bit shocked that the mass rape of women is not connected to the story of trummerfrauen, many of whom had been raped prior to (an during) their often forced labor. Instead, it seems as though they are lionized, with their abuse supressed.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Hello Heide,
The fourth photo is of an Aufbauhelferin in Berlin, as you can see from the photo info if you save the photo. The sculpture is by Fritz Cremer and here is more info about them: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Berlin,_Mitte,_Aufbauhelferin_und_Aufbauhelfer_von_Fritz_Cremer.jpg
Hope this helps.

Regarding the rapes, I have been reading about World War II most of my life, but the mass rapes tended to be mentioned only in passing until quite recently. You got the feeling a lot of the writers thought it was to be expected in wartime. In the past, women were also very often or even usually ashamed to say they had been treated so. Times have changed.

I feel sure that my babysitter (linked story) was raped by Russians, like most women in Berlin when the Russians arrived. It explained why she felt they were "animals." It is indeed shocking. But it wasn't something she and I would have felt comfortable talking about then. Things are different now.

My mother would have been 88 this year.

She was a Truemmer-Frau, and she told us many stories of her life then. I was just a teenager, and now I am 71m, living with some memories of my childhood in WWII.

I want to write about those women and their children and their grandchildren. Thank you for your blog.

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  • "I am certain, though you would never admit it, assessor," said the bishop's wife, "that there can exist two kinds of genuine truth, one for the south, the other for the north."

      --From Iceland's Bell, by Halldor Laxness (1902-1988)

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