We Fought Back in France
On August 14, 1941 German occupation troops marched through the streets of a still docile Paris posting huge placards announcing the execution of three young Frenchmen. These men were the first martyrs of the underground. Two of them, Henri Bekerman and A. Tishelman, were Jews.
Within a few days, the placards were key rallying points for Parisians who had already lived under the Nazi boot for a bleak year. Women stopped foraging the markets for food long enough to make a furtive sign of the cross over the Jewish names. Their husbands stood silently by and, when the police were not looking, scribbled anti-Nazi slogans.
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