By Tzvetan Todorov

An across the world popular student examines an episode within the chaos and retributive strife that engulfed France in the course of the liberation on the finish of global conflict II.

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At this point, Bertrand disappears from our story. Do Van Gaver and Blanchard have doubts after this lukewarm reception and the promise to help only indirectly? Some of their comrades, informed of the decision, find it premature. However, Page 14 the day's events make them think that there is some urgency to take action. On the same day, June 2, after their visit at Bertrand's, they learn that the Gestapo has arrested a high-ranking person, Subprefect Lecène, and accused him of being an important leader of the Resistance.

The first and totally fortuitous one was that at that very moment my newspaper and I happened to be in the Saint-Amand area, where I was settled for the year. The second, less anecdotal reason was that no one ever speaks of Saint-Amand in the "national" press. God knows this town prides itself on being situated in the geographical center of France (actually, several neighboring villages make the same claim), but that is not enough to attract lasting media attention. Like so many other medium-size towns cast with a pervasive gloominess, this town seems remarkable only for its lack of any significant events; it is truly a quiet little spot where, as they say, nothing happens.

In modern administrative terms, the Berry region is made up of two departments, the Cher and the Indre. Page 17 therefore given the name Sylvestre Bout de l'An (end of the year) (Delperrié, 1:109) has followed a winding path.

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