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?"
24 July 2008
Les chiens, les pensées
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