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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Authors Press (April 18, 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 128 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643148214

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643148212

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.5 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches

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Dr. Francis F. Pitard is a consulting expert in Sampling, Statistical Process Control and Total Quality management. He is President of Francis Pitard Sampling Consultants (www.fpscsampling.com) and Technical Director of Mineral Stats Inc. (www.mineralstats.com) in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. He provides consulting services in many countries. Dr. Pitard has six years of experience with the French Atomic Energy Commission and fifteen years with Amax Extractive R&D. He taught Sampling Theory for the Continuing Education Offices of Colorado School of Mines, The Australian Mineral Foundation, for the Mining Department of the University of Chile, and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has a Doctorate of Technology from the Aalborg University in Denmark. He is author of several textbooks on Sampling Theory and Practice, two historical novels about Polynesians, Heirs of a Lost Race and Rapa Nui Settlers, and the biography of his great-aunt Aline Virmoux, who was involved in the French Resistance during World War II, in “From Normandy to the Hell of Ravensbrück”. He is the recipient of the prestigious Pierre Gy’s Gold Medal for excellence in promoting and teaching the Theory of Sampling (Cape Town, South Africa, 2009). –This text refers to the paperback edition.

From Normandy To The Hell Of Ravensbruck Life and Escape from a Concentration Camp:
The True Story of 44667


By: Francis Pitard

This memoir is based on a true story and accurate historical details. None of the characters are fictional. I was born in 1942 near the infamous beaches of Normandy. At the time, my great aunt on my father’s side, Charlotte Aline Virmoux, called Aline, was 47 years old. She and her husband Louis were active members in a French Resistance network. During my younger years I met her on several occasions and heard about her experiences in the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany, north of Berlin. But it was not until spring 1962, when I was a student in Paris, the Gay-Lussac Institute, that I started to fully appreciate her story, and who she really was. She lived in a small town, Quincy-sous-Senart, south of Paris where I often visited her: she loved talking to me, and she emptied her heart of so many infamous memories. At age 20 I had already heard many war stories from my family, cousins, and friends but the intensity of these stories never reached anywhere close to Aline’s memories. I hope I can do justice to deliver this message where horror becomes daily routine for those who became nothing, brought to a status lower than animals, where dignity became an unthinkable luxury. Yet, following her escape from the concentration camp that was under Russian artillery fire, she managed to save the life of a wounded American soldier, showing amazing bravery.



Francis Pitard

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