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#1 fsignorile



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:06 PM

Hi everyone!


I have signed in on this forum a few months ago, and it is about time I introduce myself.

My name is Franck, I live in the southern suburb of Paris.


I have always been interested in WW2, and I have a special interest in everything related to Escape and Evasion. I have researched a number of individual stories for more than four years with a growing passion and the help of several experts. Michael Moores LeBlanc has mentored me for quite a while.


There is a website I have been working on, which is dedicated to the "Helpers" from France.


My current research project is related to the "lost airmen of Buchenwald", a group of 168 airmen who were arrested in 1944 and all sent to KLB. The subject has been discussed in this forum in the past, and I will probably create a new thread soon in order to discuss it some more.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:14 PM

Welcome.  Sounds like you already plan some interesting contributions.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:33 PM

Bienvenue, welcome back again !! I too look forward to your post on your topic. Many must have passed through Paris.



#4 TD-Tommy776


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 12:59 AM

Welcome to the Forum, Franck.

Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:11 AM

G'day and welcome...

I try to be the man my dog thinks i am...

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:27 AM

Welcome Franck
War is sweet to those who have never experienced it.
Latin Proverb

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:32 AM

Welcome to the forums!



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:56 AM

Welcome Franck. We're a  pretty friendly lot, so feel free to jump in.

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#9 fsignorile



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:19 PM

Thank you guys for your replies.


I will start a new topic on "Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945", which is probably the right place to discuss the following questions :

- who betrayed these 168 men (well 169...) and how? 

- Why were they sent to Buchenwald and not others?

- how the Germans organized the capture of airmen who were caught in civilian clothes?

- how were the Germans managing the flow of airmen sent to the Fresnes prison?



The lack of German archives (especially from the SD/Gestapo in Paris) makes it difficult to answer these questions, and I have not found definitive answers in existing books or on the web.

Having done my own research, I have tried to find answers which are probably questionnable, and I would like to share what I have found with others who might have done similar research in the past.



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Posted 13 January 2017 - 02:36 PM


Als heel de hemel van papier was en al het water ter wereld inkt en al de bomen veranderden in pennen, dan nog zou ik al de verschrikkingen van deze oorlog niet hebben kunnen opteken ! If whole heaven was made of paper and all the water on the world was ink and all the trees were pencils, even then i would not be able to describe the horrors of this war" (Hette de Jong)

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:52 PM

Welcome Franck!

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ~ Epicurus

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