SQ 2016 - Genevieve Parylak
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SubjectCarnieres, France; Normandy, France; Evacuation; Bombing; Rationing; Abroad; Child; Own Memories; Artifacts; German Soldiers
Genevieve Parylak lived in the North of France during World War II. In this interview, led by her great-granddaughter, she discusses life in her village during the War, the hardships of life under German occupation, and the American liberation of France. She remembers coming of age in a war torn village, and eventually meeting the American soldier that she married mere days after the end of the War.
Genevieve live in a small village in the North of France, where she sought refuge during bombings. She evacuated from her village in France to Normandy once the Germans arrived. The German soldiers who were stationed in her village were allowed to stay in her home whenever they pleased. When she would work on the farm, her and other girls would stop to watch the planes fight above them. She would meet up with other people on her street to listen to the radio announcements coming in from London. As a teenager, there was an empty section in the field. In the section, she and another girl placed flowers on the grave of a German Soldier. Some young French boys were walking and mistakenly took German Soldiers as Americans. Those boys were all killed.