Official poster of Israel's Holocaust Rememberance Day (Yom Hashoah) 2012
During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.
Camp de Gurs.Upon the signing of the armistice between France and Germany in June 1940, the Vichy regime inaugurated four months after installation, an anti-Semitic state policy in indifference "almost" General. Around 350,000 Jews lived in France in June 1940 out of a population of approximately 41 million French people, or less than 1%. Half of them fleeing anti-Jewish measures and pogroms, Poland, Germany and the whole of Eastern Europe, were welcomed by France.
#RavLau speaking at event ow.ly/cgdXS marking 70 Years since the roundup of French Jewry at #Veld'Hiv
Camp de Gurs panneau mémoriel « Gurs, une drôle de syllabe, comme un sanglot qui ne sort pas de la gorge. » Louis Aragon
Josephine Baker in the uniform of the Women's Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force. By the autumn of 1944 she had raised 3,143,000F for the French war effort and was awarded the honorary rank of sub-lieutenant in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force, Les Filles De L'Air. She gained her pilot license in 1933! Photographed at the Savoy Hotel, London April 1945.