Friday, January 31, 2014

Louise Thuliez: The Germans arrive

Louise Thuliez
Courtesy of Vincent Boez

"On the night of July 31, 1915, Louise was in Brussels at the home of Philippe Baucq, a Belgian architect heavily involved in resistance with whom Louise had begun working a few months earlier. She had been staying in the city but as they had much to discuss, Philippe invited her to stay the night with his family. She called at the Baucq household at 10:45 p.m. The whole family -- including two girls, ages 11 and 14 -- was busy folding freshly printed copies of the illegal underground newspaper La Libre Belgique.

At about 11:30, Mrs. Baucq showed Louise to her upstairs room. Meanwhile, Philippe opened the door to let his dog out. Louise suddenly heard it barking furiously. A group of men was shouting. It was the Germans!"

Excerpt from "Because I am a Frenchwoman" from Women Heroes of World War I.

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