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Don't miss the 60-min. bilingual DVD Girl in the Belgian Resistance with choice of French, English or no subtitles.
Also available in English, 30 mins., no subtitles.
Don't miss the 30-minute DVD; the author recounts the highlights of her book, in her compelling, moving style!
Printable News Release - Jan09
ONE GIRL’S COURAGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
New Book Tells the Fascinating Story of How One Young Person Chose
to Live with Danger in order to Combat Oppression
|Fernande was sixteen years old, one of eight children in a close-knit Belgian family living in the small town of Montzen, when World War II changed her life. Her father remembered the horrors of World War I and, hoping to protect Fernande from deportation, sent her to Andenne, to work in the household of a friend. But war exploded nevertheless on their doorstep.
“I had all kinds of courage and guts; I don’t know where that came from,” says Fernande Keufgens Davis (“Freddie”) of the risks that she took as a teenager in the Belgian Resistance. After the shock of finding that her formerly occupied village had been annexed as part of Germany, Davis was drafted to work in a German munitions factory. Determined not to aid the enemy, she jumped from the train and went underground, to join the maquis.
Davis now resides in the United States. After the war, she helped her family by working before entering Brugmann University School of Nursing in Brussels in 1947. Two years later she moved to the Philadelphia area of the U. S. to be married in Doylestown. She earned a secretarial diploma at the Lansdale School of Business, attended Temple University and Gwynedd Mercy College, where she earned a B.A. in French. She taught French at Gwynedd Mercy Academy and College, then at Germantown Academy, and served as Head of their Modern Language Department. In 1981, she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from Germantown Academy. Davis and her American soldier sweetheart enjoyed fifty-four years of married life together.
* * * * *Brave, courageous, resourceful, loyal—Davis exemplifies these traits in her compelling story. Readers of all ages will find inspiration to do what is right and good, despite personal risk and sacrifice, while learning the life-changing history of World War II.
Emily Z. Wagner—Educator of the Year, Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association; Recipient, Dorothy S. Ludwig Teaching Award; 2008 recipient of the Northeast Conference Teacher of the Year Award.
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|Beach Lloyd Publishers LLC, 2nd edition, November 2008 May 2008. Softcover,
5.5 x 8.5 ins., 38 photos, 56 questions, references. 160 pp.
60-min. bilingual DVD, April 2009. $30.00
Complimentary French teaching packet available, by Emily Z. Wagner.
30-minute DVD, May 2008. $8.95
Set of book and DVD, $27.50;
residents of PA, $30 includes tax. (see order form)