Monday, September 7, 2015

Violette Robert-Maurice (1919-2008)

Violette Robert, daughter of Maurice Robert, was born in St. Stephen, France on 23 March 1919.

She was a student at Lyon, when she heard General de Gaulle's "Appeal of June 18th" and joined the Resistance. Violette founded clandestine movement "93" in Saint-Etienne with Claudius Volle and Denise Bonhomme. They published a newspaper by the same name. Suspected by the Vichy police in 1943, Violette then joined the Mithridates network in Lyon. There she met Jean Mouline, whose mission was to bring together local resistance networks.

On 9 October 1943 Violette and her father was arrested by the Gestapo. She was incarcerated at the Montluc Prison before being deported to Ravensbruck (Nacht un Nebel block) with Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz and other heroines of the resistance. She was there for one year before being sent to Mauthausen. She was liberated by the Red Cross on 22 April 1945.

Her poems, written during her concentration camp imprisonment, bear testimony to the conditions suffered there. From 1984, she dedicated herself to writing memoirs, poetry and testimonies of deported Resistance prisoners.

Violette disappeared from her home at Chasseur Horizons on 21 November 2008.

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