Quietly [Gilbert] adds that the soldiers also murdered 37 members of his family.-- from The forgotten French village massacre.
"My little cousins," he says, "I still can't forget the little cousins you see, I used to play with them and they were so..."
But then his voice trails away and I can see him pushing the memory back under.
Instead he tells me his story of survival, how for two nail-biting hours his mother, sisters and the two sheep dogs hid silently in a stream under a bridge while unsuspecting German officers yelled orders above them.
"Why didn't they discover us?" Gilbert asks. "Why didn't the sheep dogs who always barked at loud noises, give us away?"