October 23, 2021

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The last hero of the resistance against the Nazis died in France

Hubert Germain participated in the main battle of Bir Hakeem in Libya or the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt.

Hubert Germain died in France at the age of 101, the last hero of the French anti-Nazi resistance, who was honored by former French President Charles de Gaulle for his bravery and his role in the resistance during World War II. This was announced by French Defense Minister Florence Parly, Reuters reported.

He refused to lay down his arms

“I would like to inform you of the death of Hubert Germain, the last living member of the Ordre de la Libération. It is an important moment in our history,” Barley said.

Germain was one of 1,038 participants in the French Resistance, who was honored by the then leader of the Resistance and then French President de Gaulle for his bravery in the Liberation Council. Of the more than 1,000 Heroes of the Resistance, a third died in battle and 80 percent of the survivors were wounded.

Germain decided to join the resistance after being shocked by the call of French Marshal Philippe Petain, who had collaborated with the Nazis, to lay down his arms against the Germans.

As a member of the French liberation forces and foreign armies, Germain participated in the main battle of Bir Hakeem in Libya or the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt. He also fought for the liberation of Toulon in southern France and the Rhone Valley and Lyon in the central part of the country.

Germain last appeared in public this year in June when he met French President Emmanuel Macarentau, with whom he recalled de Gaulle’s call to resist the Nazi occupiers of France.

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Last year, at the age of 100, his comrades-in-arms, as well as the heroes of the French Resistance, Daniel Cordier and Edgard Topote Tome, were also killed. They were with German the last three living members of the editorial board.