Vincent Broussaud La Resis-‐TANCE
Interview Q & A Q1. Is there anything memorable that happened during the war? I remember going down to basement to hide from bombs I was 4 years old brother was 20 years old Every one from the building came down but I played with kids. Q2. Did you hear anything during the bombing? Heard bombs Heard cannons that were next to the apartment that tried to shoot down airplanes Luft alarm means planes alarm, then Paris siren went off. Then Paris siren went off again to warn all clear this cycle was called the, “Defance passive.” Q3. How did you hide/protect your house when the alarm went off? Blue paper on windows to hide house, turn off lights. Q4. What were people talking about in the basement? Adults talked about war and the scariness of it Kids were happy, having fun Take down food to bunker Q5. Any other things you remember? Threw candy for kids from carriages Gave chewing cum to big kids Q6. Did you hear/see anything else during the war? Lots of coal in basement Second alert means no more planes
Les Bon Bon And Les Boom Boom “ReWWWwwReWWWww!” the siren wailed, “DEFANCE PASSIVE! DEFANCE PASSIVE!” “Oh no!” mom yelled, “That’s the Luft alarm! lets go, lets go! Bring your food! Come on, HURRY!” Tiredness struck threw my body as I bolted down the stairs juggling a plate of pasta in my hands. “KRUNK!” The basement door shut behind dad. “Mom, dad, who is he?” “Oh don’t worry that’s just a friend of your brother,” they replied secretly hiding the truth that he was a man like several others trying to free France from the Germans. They were called the resistance Zighters because when France was taken over and everything was peaceful, France went back to war trying to get their independence again. As I gulped down my dinner then my hand reached into my pocket and drew the piece of bon bon I had gotten earlier from the American carriages.
Plopping the hard candy into my mouth I bit down on the sweet. “BOOM!” “Was that me?” I thought aloud Every one started laughing. My dads, moms and brothers friends were amused. Even my pals, thought, I bet they didn’t understand they were probably just trying to Zit in. I realized what a stupid question I had just asked. A wave of embarrassment Zlushed over me. “No dear that wasn’t you. Don’t be scared about the boom booms, that was just a, um… Zireworks outside to tell the boats where the docks are,” mom explained choking back the truth about the war. Except during the last four years I sort of Zigured it out. That sound was probably a cannon near the house that exploded trying to shoot down an enemy bomber. Once the laughter died out all I heard was the adults reminiscing about the war and its scariness, while we were having fun chewing bubble gum and then passing it in a circle. Even though I was eight I knew I would remember this day forever.
Re.lection 1. How has working on this project helped you learn about your family’s history and given you a better sense of your identity? I have learned that my family is important because they have done an impact on the world by saving those soldiers. 2. Why do you think doing a project like this is important? I think its Important because you learn about a part of your families history. You also learn about the accomplishments and challenges that your ancestors faced. 3. What part of this project did you enjoy the most? Why? I took pleasure in interviewing my grandma and learning all these things that I had never known of before. 4. What speciQic challenges did you face during this project and how did you over come them? I have troubles editing because I never see the right errors in my writing. 5. What advice would you give future students as they begin this project? Do not ever procrastinate, always go slowly and write a good story.
Notes France surrendered to Germany on 22, 6, 1940. Charles De Gaulle lead the Resistance from England on a radio channel. He started this on 18, 6, 1940 On 21, 8, 1941 the first German was shot at the metro station in Paris and 150 French people paid for it with death
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