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#1 Morgy

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 07:46 AM

My last topic in this forum was about "simple" Belgian women who didn't do anything "exceptional", but who was for me great heroines.

Now, I want something for "simple" Belgian women who did somenthing exceptional, and are great heroines for everybody, not only me.

So, I will begin with somebody that everybody knows here, nurse Renée (notice the e acute) Lemaire.

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Renée was a native from Bastogne, and she was the daughter a shopkeeper. I think her parents were living around the Carré (place McAuliffe, now), but I'm maybe mistaken.
She was around 25 years old. She involved in a nurse movement and looked after wounded American soldiers. On December 24th, she was in the house 21, rue de Neufchâteau (which is a town nearby, for the ones who don't know the Ardennes) which was the hospital (and not in the church). A German bomb fell on the house. Renée, after putting some soldiers safe outside, hold prisoner by fire in the house, passed away.
Nowadays, a little panel is put on the house's wall, to remember the soldiers and the courageous little Belgian nurse who died there.

You've got that here :
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If anyone wants a translation, just ask, I will give you.

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This women was also a "simple" Belgian citizen of the Ardennes, and she is a little bit more famous than others because she died. I think we can't wait that this happens to honor what people did.

Now, I'm looking for other "great women".

All the best,

Morgy :D

#2 Morgy

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 07:48 AM

Oh yes, I've forgotten : I've read I don't know how many times that people here had a relative who was a nurse during WWII. I'm looking to see a little word about them. here is a good place !! Dig out, fellas ! :D

Morgy

#3 McIntee

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 08:24 AM

I would appreciate a translation of the plaque please :D

#4 Morgy

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 12:24 PM

In memoriam

emplacement du poste de secours
place of the first-aid post
du 20ème bataillon d'infanterie blindée
of 20th Armoured Infantry Battalion
de la 10éme division blindée
of 10th Armoured Division
où plus de trente blessés américains
where more than thirty American wounded
et une infirmière volontaire belge
and one voluntary Belgian nurse
(Renée Lemaire)
(Renée Lemaire) :) (well translated, huh !)
furent tués par une bombe allemande
were killed by a German bomb
le 24 décembre 1944
on December 24 1944

Here you are... I know it isn't very well done, but you understand the message...

All the best,

Morgy :D

#5 hooper117

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 06:17 PM

Thanks Morgy. Isn't it great that due to Band of Brothers this "ordinary" woman has come to the attention of so many. And now she will be remembered for her heroic and selfless deeds by so many people from all over the world. We owe so much to so many and it's a wonderful thing that BoB has done to bring these names and faces into our lives.

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Posted 19 April 2003 - 06:32 PM

Fabulous story, Morgy! Keep 'em coming, please.

Regards,
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Posted 20 April 2003 - 03:36 PM

Thanks, Miss Morgy. This is a great addition to the boards.
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#8 marigold

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Posted 20 April 2003 - 10:08 PM

Thank you very much for that Morgy!!! :D


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#9 Jay_M

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 08:49 PM

Thanks Morgy! That was a great find!


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Posted 22 April 2003 - 09:14 PM

An interesting anecdote to this, partly relating to Renee and partly not. I recently received a couple of letters from George Koskimaki who wrote several books about WWII. He says, "I may have caused some confusion for the movie version of Band of Brothers when I suggested to two of the writers they ought to include some scenes of other parts of the division to make other men from other companies feel they were part of the 101st actions. I suggested the Belgian nurse and her Congolese partner to show female bravery and the actions of the 506th in their experiences at the concentration camp. Roe is supposed to have had a crush on LeMaire but she was working in the 10th Armored aid station not connected in any way with the 101st setups. It was "C" Company of the 506th who really were involved at the concentration camp." I am not sure if he means by this that the crush by Roe was fabricated for the series, which I suspect is true. Still, she was a brave woman who should be remembered and I am glad B o B brought her to our attention.

I wrote George back and said my mom recalled my dad telling her about his experiences at the concentration camp so I knew Easy Company had to have been there at some point. George wrote me back and said it was "C" that got there first and Easy might have come across the camp in passing. My mom only recalls my dad mentioning it once, saying it was the most horrific thing he had ever experienced and he never brought it up again.

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Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:32 AM

Obviously, the screenwriters wanted to pay tribute to Renee and her sacrifice. If the Belgian government has not decorated her and Augusta Chiwy, they have derelicted their duty.

There is a good essay by the writer of "Why We Fight" somewhere on this board or the Doc Roe board in which he points out that the Easy guys would not talk -- just WOULD NOT TALK -- about Landsberg. They just broke down into tears and denounce people who denied the Holocaust. It was too much even for hardened veterans of Normandy, Holland, and Bastogne.

So the writers had to interpolate and be creative. There's not much about Landsberg in the book, either.

Easy's discovery of the concentration camp -- and it's not a big one, either -- is intended as a microcosm of the experiences of thousands of American, British, and Canadian troops as they drove into the German heartland. That episode is a perfect companion piece to "Schindler's List." I'm going to get the latter on DVD and see if that's true.

#12 Jay_M

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Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:23 PM

It's outrageous how some people try to deny the holocaust, not to mention insulting to the millions who died and suffered as a result of it.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 08:38 AM

It's outrageous how some people try to deny the holocaust, not to mention insulting to the millions who died and suffered as a result of it.

Well, I read up on these folks as part of my work in media relations and history, and the deniers are essentially people with penknives to grind, and devious manipulative con men. David Duke, one of the biggest, just went to the slammer, not for his political beliefs, but for conning his supporters into giving him money, and then blowing it in Las Vegas, where he was a high-roller. So he was committing a variety of mail and wire frauds, and tax evasion by not reporting this "income," which he lost at the crap tables anyway.

They nail a lot of these guys for tax evasion. It's funny how they imitate their Nazi mentors...taking other peoples' money under false pretenses and using it for their own purposes. The Nazis put their gold in Swiss banks. David Duke used it to study the laws of probability.

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 01:17 AM

David Duke used it to study the laws of probability.


LOL

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 10:03 AM

LOL

Not joking! One of his many former girlfriends (he apparently hit on anything in a skirt except a Scots Guards bandsman) said that his routine was to sleep late, wake up, check the mail, take the money and checks out of the mail, cash the checks, go to the health club, work out, and then ride a comp limo from the nearest casino (riverboats on the Mississippi) where he would blow up to $50,000 in a single night.

Then he'd put out a mailer to his supporters saying that he needed money for the great cause of morality. His main interests in life seem to have been self-promotion, self-satisfaction, and self-absorption.

In short, just like the guys he emulated: Bormann, Ley, Ribbentrop, Hess, Goebbels, Goering.... :D




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