Spirit of Resistance: One Man's Secret War Against the Nazis with Nigel Perrin

Spirit of Resistance: One Man's Secret War Against the Nazis with Nigel Perrin


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Humiliated by the Nazi Occupation of France, Harry Peulevé was determined to fight back and became one of the most remarkable secret agents of WW2. Join a historian and published author to understand more about the life and legacy of one of the most remarkable secret agents of World War Two.

Harry Peulevé was one of the most remarkable secret agents of World War II, and yet one of its most unlikely heroes. A former BBC cameraman with French ancestry, he would be deeply traumatized by his experiences as a British soldier during the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. Determined to erase the humiliation he felt, Harry joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a British secret service sending agents into Occupied France to stir up resistance and "set Europe ablaze".

In the course of his missions, he crossed the Pyrenees with a broken leg, broke out of jail and returned to build up an army of thousands of underground fighters in southwest France, before being eventually captured by the Gestapo. He remained silent under dreadful torture before being deported to a concentration camp, where he made one of the most extraordinary escapes of the war. Tracing his story from the French Riviera and Paris to the wild backwaters of the Corrèze, this Conversation will follow Peulevé's efforts to prove himself and his place as one of the truly legendary characters of the Resistance.

Led by an expert on wartime secret services and the French resistance, Dr. Nigel Perrin, this interactive seminar will explore the life of one of the most remarkable secret agents of WW2. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of this man's life, the history of the French resistance, and its personalities.

Nigel has long been fascinated by the history of France during the Occupation, particularly in relation to the work of British secret services, a subject he began studying in 2003. 'Spirit of Resistance', his biography of secret agent Harry Peulevé, was published in 2008. Having completed his MA in Modern History at the University of Kent in Paris in 2015, he has now begun a doctorate on a spatial history of Paris under Occupation.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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