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I don’t usually reblog, but this is a compelling living history in honor of D-Day. Click the link below.

Evelyne Holingue

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In French, the word “histoire” means both “history” and “story.”

Now that I’m an adult I realize how fortunate I have been to have several French teachers and professors who taught histoire through histoires.

The best histoires I heard about French histoire, however, came from my parents.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

OuestFrance

My dad is no longer here to tell me another story about the war he never forgot.

Both my parents grew up in small villages in Normandy, an hour away from the coast. Children during WWII, they understood early on the meaning of the words “enemy” and “occupant” and the need to be resourceful, but they remained children, acting like children, despite the war.

My dad and his friends invented their own coded language that they used when passing German soldiers on their way to school. With polite smiles and nods, they were in…

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Comments on: "Histoire Through Histoires" (6)

  1. Thank you, Sammy, for the reblog. I grew up right where the Allies liberated France and Europe. My gratitude is profound.

    • I can only imagine how you must feel about the invasions in your homeland, and what your families experienced. My father and uncles were in the Marines fighting in the Pacific Islands. My heart belongs to all who participated.

  2. Thank you for posting this, Sammy–I’ve reblogged it too. Beautifully written, sensitive, evocative. D-Day has never been as real for me as it is today.

    • Thanks, Melinda, for passing this on through your blog and your stirring words there. We must carry these stories forward. I so fear we will forget the evil done by man against man. Ignorance, complacency and appeasement will be our undoing.

      • I agree. I do my best to contend with ignorance (the primary focus in all my classes is on critical thinking) but complacency is hard to fight.

      • Complacency is dooming our country ( or does every aging generation feel that way?!?)

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