"Disposing of the lie" about Marshal Pétain
|Keswick Country House Hotel, English Lake District|
[WW2 home of the evacuated Roedean Girls School]
Was Pétain culpable of signing the Armistice prematurely? Should France have continued the fight? These were two of the questions that were considered, not just in the French High Court but by French men and women in France and by those living outside of France.
One French woman with an opinion on these matters who was living in Britain was Dr. Aline Lion. She was working as a French teacher at Roedean Girls School which had been evacuated to the Keswick Hotel in the English Lake District (seen in the above photograph). Dr Lion even sent a telegram giving a witness statement in support of Marshal Pétain which was read out in the High Court.
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