Genealogy

Ernest Émile Martin

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Historic preamble: The region of Alsace and part of the Lorraine (modern France) had been annexed to the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The language spoken was then German, although a lot of inhabitants still considered France their country.   Latest child of a wealthy family in Mulhouse, Alsace. His parents ran […]

Genealogy

Maurice Louis Marfaing

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Born in Pamiers in 1906 from Eugénie Quentin and François Marfaing, he loved sport and in his youth has been part of many clubs: gymnastics, rugby, music. After a period of apprenticeship with a plasterer, he did at age 20, like all young French at the time, his militaire service. He served in the horse-drawn […]

Genealogy

Anne-Marie Madeleine Martin

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Madeleine Martin was born in 1913, from Ernest Émile Martin and Marie-Ernestine Faulque. She died in Paris in 2007. She married Maurice Marfaing (read incredible story here) and had three children: Yvette, born in 1936 in Belfort, France. Janine, born in 1937 in Chaumont, France, died less than a year after, in Oran, Algeria. Jacques, […]

War

Occupied Berlin 1980

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I was very young when my family moved to Berlin. It was in 1978. My father, in the French military, had been assigned to go to Berlin, a city occupied since the end of WWII, by the allied in the west, and the Soviet Union in the East. Berlin itself was deep into the Soviet controlled […]