History and memory | Tested for you in Eure: a liberation train

History and memory | Tested for you in Eure: a liberation train
History and memory | Tested for you in Eure: a liberation train

â No Hollywood staging and no pretense of a historical fresco but two hours of immersion in a slice of rural life in June 1944 with around fifty volunteer extras versus Germans, Americans, railway workers, nurses, resistance fighters… It all starts at Pacy-sur-Eure station. While the Allies have taken possession of the site, a German convoy enters the station. The clash is violent. The skit is so realistic that a few children, frightened by the sound of the guns, start screaming while a dog, just as panicked, runs away. Once calm has returned, it’s the start of a trip we don’t know where but on a vintage train. “It squeaks and it whines, it jerks and it shakes, it makes noise. The opportunity to say to ourselves that finally, we have made good progress at the SNCF in terms of comfort”.

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A few dozen minutes on the senator’s train to go back. We feel like something is going to happen. In the middle of the campaign, you once again witness a fierce fight between the protagonists. The action takes place on both sides of the convoy so no one is frustrated. The prisoners have boarded and will accompany you for the end of the journey back to square one. On arrival, shared feelings predominate. That of having experienced, albeit falsely, what our parents and grandparents experienced with fear in their stomachs. Lighter, that of having been immersed in the heart of the adventurers of “The 7e company“, my favorite trilogy.

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The last one is unexpected. To tell me that a few hundred km from here, a real war is causing dozens of victims every day while our daily lives go by almost peacefully. In any case “well done and thank you” at the CFVE which offers activities for all tastes and all ages at low prices throughout the season.

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