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Irène Laure

French socialist who fought in the resistance during World War II, and then worked for reconciliation with Germany

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Irène Laure had always been a rebel against injustice. She was an indomitable figure in the French Resistance. Amidst the rubble of post-war Europe she discovered forgiveness to be a force stronger than hatred and was key to the peace forged between sworn former enemies, Germany and her home country.

Travelling to Germany, she spoke to thousands on radio and in person. 'For weeks my heart ached when I spoke. But I made peace. Why are we ready to pay the price of war in lives and money, and yet not to pay the price of peace?'

For fuller information on Mme Laure's life and work, see the book and the documentary film both entitled, For the Love of Tomorrow.

Death year
1987
Profession
Nationality
France
Primary country of residence
France