Memories of a troubled time - Pierre Auer Bacher
Pierre Auer Bacher was originally from Wissembourg in northern Alsace. From the outbreak of war, the border population was evacuated to the south-west of France.
Pierre was ten. He discovered Paris occupied by the Nazis, crossed the demarcation line into the "free" zone with his mother and grandparents and was reunited with his father, demobilized from the French Army at Limoges.
With the total Occupation of France, the persecutions of the Jews multiplied. His grandparents were arrested, his parents went underground and entrusted Pierre to the Neher family in hiding in the Corrèze. Fleeing the SS Das Reich division, the teenager joined the underground. With other Resistance fighters, he buried the inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane, massacred on June 10, 1944. At the Liberation, Pierre was reunited with his parents.