This ambitious symposium will take place at the Andre Labarrerere media library on Saturday, June 4th in Pau. The symposium will take the curious on a journey into the past. It is called “Pau and Bearn 1940-1944.”

At 9 AM, the mayor of Pau Francois Bayrou will open the event. Monika Serelman, a great witness, will close the colloquium around 4:30 p.m. She is the daughter to the German philosopher Paul-Louis Landsberg and an important member of the journal Esprit.

From 1940 to 1943, when he was deported and arrested, he lived in Pau in hiding. He died from exhaustion at the Oranienburg camp, April 2, 1944. His daughter was born in Pau, November 1941. She spent part of her childhood in Bordes with her family and at the Orphanage of Mercy, Pau.

Pierre Birnbaum, Emeritus Professor in Political Sociology, will present “The Vichy lesson: a personal story” at 11 AM.

Interspersed with interventions, the day will be broken up by talks. At 9:30 a.m., historian Claude Laharie will talk about 1943 in Pau & Bearn. Ricardo Saez will tell us about September 6, 1942 and the Jewish Question in Pau at 10 a.m. Professor emeritus of universities and president of Society of Sciences, Letters and Arts, (SSLA), of Pau and Bearn, the latter is.

Guillaume Piketty, professor of contemporary history at Sciences Po Paris, will speak at 2 p.m. about “Pierre de Chevigne: from the free French outposts, to a bittersweet Liberation 1940-1945.”

Bernard Bocquenet, secretary of the SSLA of Pau and Bearn will take control at 2:30 p.m. with “La censure a Pau”. This doctor in History, Pays de l’Adour and University of Pau will dissect it. He is also secretary of the SSLA of Pau & Bearn.

The symposium will take place under the scientific direction of Olivier Forcade (professor of contemporary history, University of Paris-Sorbonne). Between 3:30 and 4:30, he will host a roundtable discussion.

Ricardo Saez and Claude Laharie organize the day. Jean-Francois Vergez is director of ONACVG, the Departmental Service National Office for Veterans and War Victims.