|In 1939 he went off to war. He went by train to Calais. He was taken prisoner at the beginning of the war. The Germans took a large number of them to Belgium and that was where he got to know Mitterrand. (28:02") At that time Mitterrand was a sergeant. He was ten years younger than the speaker. He spent some fifteen days with him. (What they talked about is related in French by the speaker). After those fifteen days he took a train. Mitterrand did not want to take the train. He was four and a half years in a farmhouse in Germany. Then he was in another farmhouse.(41:52") Anécdota: The Russians liberated them in 1945.(45:00") Goodbye.|
|He got married before the war. Those who had already done the military service had to go to the General Call-up.What they learnt in the military service. At night they had to take care of the gas and by day the use to go from house to house to look after the gas and the electricity.He returned home from the military service. Then another brother went off as a soldier to Algeria. Anecdote.|
|(14:53") They used to play at bowls.They played “mus” with cards."Kaxkean": they played with small coins.|
|Introduction: the speaker spent the whole period of the war as a prisoner and there he met Mitterrand, who would become a future president of France.(01:46") He was born in 1907 in Ozta. He went to school until the age of twelve. His father was a soldier and as there were six brothers and sisters he had to leave school. They worked on the land and they had sheep.In the village there were forty four children. They played pelota. They had to speak in French. They all did what the priest said.He has good memories of his childhood. But he never learnt to dance, they only played pelota. They had to do as the priest said and he did not allow them to dance.|
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