Ginette Guy

member of the French Resistance, tortured by the Gestapo, she fought against the violence of the occupiers and hid Jewish children

A Resistance fighter during the Second World War, in 1942 Ginette was 18 years old and working at a furrier's in Toulouse - an area that was still 'free' at the time - when she fell in love with the Jew Jean Oberman.

Her relationship with Jean opened her eyes to what was happening to the Jews and set her on the path of the Resistance that would later lead her to take the code name Marie Claude. Ginette also witnessed the first violence, deportations and round-ups of Jews in the south, which occurred even before the Germans arrived.

At that juncture, Ginette also realised the dangers faced by Jewish children and decided to hide two of them, Jean's brother and sister, in a convent.

Ginette ran many risks in her resistance against the violence of the occupiers; she was captured, beaten and tortured and in the summer of 1944, in Marseille, Gestapo chief Ernst Dunker, known as Delage, wrote in his dossier: 'she is the most resistant of all'.

Ginette Guy's daughter, Nicole Bacharan, wrote a book, the result of a long investigation, entitled La plus résistante de toutes (the most resistant of all) in which she recounts her mother's life and commitment. "I did not expect to find so many elements about an ordinary young woman, who nevertheless figures in the archives of the police and the Gestapo".

Gardens that honour Ginette Guy

Ginette Guy is honoured in the Garden of Marseille.

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