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Agnès Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Though she might well have weathered the oppressive regime, Humbert was stirred to action by the atrocities she witnessed. In an act of astonishing bravery, she joined forces with several colleagues to form an organized resistance—very likely the first such group to fight back against the occupation. (In fact, their newsletter, Résistance, gave the French Resistance its name.)

In the throes of their struggle for freedom, the members of Humbert’s group were betrayed to the Gestapo; Humbert herself was imprisoned. In immediate, electrifying detail, Humbert describes her time in prison; her deportation to Germany, where for more than two years she endured a string of brutal labor camps; and the horror of discovering that seven of her friends were executed by a firing squad. But through the direst of conditions and ill health in the labor camps, Humbert retains hope for herself, for her friends, and for humanity.

Originally published in France in 1946, the book was soon forgotten and is now translated into English for the first time. Résistance is more than a firsthand account of wartime France; it is the work of a brave, witty, and forceful woman, a true believer who refused to go quietly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Humbert…writes with remarkable pictorial skill.”

    Washington Post

  • “Joyce Bean…narrates with clarity, capturing just the right emotional tone for this material.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Incredibly important…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Compelling…A vital historical document.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen | 5/27/2011

    " Th is is an actual diary of one of the early founders and activists in the French resistance during WWII. The diary was long forgotten and only recently published in English. An important historical document, but also a compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 3/30/2011

    " Very well done. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Delaney | 1/12/2011

    " Excellent, marvelous, wonderful and any other words of praise. It is really unbelieveable what people can do to people and this book is a true testament to that. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirsten | 9/7/2010

    " Very interesting, but I didn't realize that nearly 1/3 of the book is appendixes, translator commentary, etc. The end of the book was a bit of a surprise, really. "

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About the Author

Agnès Humbert was a distinguished art historian and a member of the Museé de l’Homme group in the French Resistance. She survived the war and died in Valmondois, France, in 1963.