French anthropologist Germaine Tillion dies at 100
Saturday, April 19, 2008
, French World War II resistance fighter and anthropologist, died today at the age of 100.
She was born on May 30, 1907 in Allègre, Haute-Loire, France. Before 1940 and the fall of France she had already made 4 trips to Algeria, spending time there with the . During World War II she was a founding member of , part of the , which led to her arrest and being sent to concentration camp. She practiced anthropology during her internment, and after release at the end of the war published definitive treatise on the camp.
In the 1950s, during the Algiers, she served as a liaison between the National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef and the French government, helping to arrange several cease-fires. Tillion was among the first to denounce the use of torture by French forces in the war., Tillion served as an adviser to the French government in Algeria on its social policies, helping the government to set up 'Social Centres'. During this period, at the time of the battle of
Mme Tillion was one of the most decorated women in France, one of only five to be presented with the.
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