Keyword: France Bloch-Sérazin

The tragic but inspiring story of Resistance fighter France Bloch-Sérazin

By Claude Grimal (En Attendant Nadeau)
France Bloch-Sérazin was a researcher in chemistry. © Private collection R. Sérazin, Marseille France Bloch-Sérazin was a researcher in chemistry. © Private collection R. Sérazin, Marseille

A book just published in France recounts the little-known story of France Bloch-Sérazin, a member of the Resistance movement in Paris who was arrested in 1942 and executed in Germany by decapitation just one week before her 30th birthday. Historian Alain Quella-Villéger’s meticulously researched biography is not only a moving account of an exceptional individual of outstanding courage, writes Claude Grimal, but also a homage to the engagement and heroism of women during the dark days of the German occupation of France.