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Germaine Tillion


Portrait de Germaine Tillion en bichromie

Germaine Tillion was a ethnologist who, during her youth, led exploration missions in the Aurès Mountains in Algeria. She was one of the pioneering researchers of the Berber people. After returning to France during the Second World War, she joined the Resistance movement as a member of the Musée de l'Homme group. She was subsequently reported, arrested and deported to Ravensbrück. During her time at the camp, she set about studying and explaining the workings of the concentration camp economy, as a way of resistance.

She also wrote an operetta during her incarceration, as a way of resisting the Nazis through laughter. After the war, she devoted her time to development and peace efforts in Algeria, as well as supporting the fight against concentration camp systems worldwide.
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