This chapter deals with what happened to Joe after he was captured by the Germans. His initial interrogation by a Gestapo officer, his night in the cellar in Marchefroy. When written like this it looks uneventful, but I have tried to capture in this the fear and mental strain that he underwent in these first early hours of his ordeal. I don’t think I can fully capture the forty three years of torture he experienced as a result of these first three hours. It has become very clear to me that much of the pain Joe carried with him all these years had to do with his certainty of the fate of the French people he believed were impacted, first by his crash, and then by their attempts to help him escape.
I am so very grateful, once again to Remco Immerzeel for uncovering fascinating details about what happened during these hours and also the fate of those who tried to help Joe. Suffice it to say here that Joe was incredibly relieved in 1988 when he first found out about some of this. But thanks to Remco, lately he has been finding out even more. And it is quite remarkable. For that, you will have to stay tuned to chapter 4.
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