Marguerite, a strong-willed and idealistic teenager immersed in the French tradition of liberty, equality and fraternity, was determined to be treated like everyone else and live free and independent. With the help and advice of a courier, and the Jewish Scout movement, she tweaks her parents’ and her own papers, and the Lévys assume the risks to live with false identities in the French Alps. There, they blended in with the population, did not bring attention to themselves, and tried to live outwardly as normal a life as possible.
An anonymous phone call at the tobacconist’s: “Can you come into the mountains and do some typing for two or three days? We’ll take good care of you!” is the start of Marguerite’s activities in the Resistance.
Whisper Your Name into My Ear tells the story of the French Alsatian Albert Lévy family from their beginnings in Alsace, then Mannheim (Germany), to Paris, into the Exodus and beyond throughout the War. This book weaves a vivid tapestry of World War II in France, highlighting the contradictions, the split loyalties of the population and the opportunities arising out of the difficulties of living under hostile authorities.