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8/14/19 - French Intelligence hero Marthe Cohn shares her story of resistance to the Nazis


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French Intelligence hero and Legion of Honor winner Marthe Cohn shares her story of resistance to the Nazis
Cohn will read from her book "Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany" on August 21 at USM

WHAT:  Imagine you are living in 1940s France, your sister is sent to Auschwitz and the rest of your family flees the Nazi occupation. What would you do?  Twenty-something Marthe Cohn decided to fight back -- crossing into Germany as part of the French Intelligence service and obtaining critical information for Allied commanders.  

Come hear the story of this 99-year-old WWII French resistance hero and Legion of Honor awardee as she reads from her book about her experience —  “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany." Marthe will also sign copies of her book at the event (which are available for purchase there).

The event takes place on Weds. August 21 at 6:00 p.m. Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus, and is co-sponsored by Chabad Maine, the USM Dean of Students Office and USM Religious and Spiritual Life Council.  For more details and to purchase tickets, view the event page here.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland Campus