Hubert Germain

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Hubert Germain
Born(1920-08-06)6 August 1920
Paris, France
Died12 October 2021(2021-10-12) (aged 101)
Paris
NationalityFrench
OccupationResistance fighter
Politician

Hubert Germain (6 August 1920 – 12 October 2021) was a French politician who was a member of the French Resistance during World War II. He was the last living Companion of the Order of Liberation.

Biography[edit]

Germain was born on 6 August 1920 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.[1] He was the son of General Maxime Germain. He joined the Free French Forces, and in 1942 saw action at the Battle of Bir Hakeim and the Battle of El Alamein. In early 1944 he was wounded in Italy. After his recovery he took part in Operation Dragoon, the Allied landing in Provence.[2] Germain was appointed a Companion of the Order of Liberation on 22 November 1944.[1] He remained in the French occupation army in Germany until 1946.

After the war, he served as mayor of Saint-Chéron between 1953 and 1965. He was deputy for Paris's 14th constituency from 1962 to 1967, from 1968 to 1972, and in 1973.[3] He served in Pierre Messmer's government as Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.

After the death of Daniel Cordier on 20 November 2020, Germain became the last surviving Companion of the Order of Liberation.[4][5] As such, he was entitled to be buried at the Mémorial de la France combattante. On 25 November 2020, he was appointed Honorary Chancellor of the Order of Liberation.[6]

Germain died in Paris on 12 October 2021 at the age of 101.[7]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hubert Germain". ordredelaliberation.fr. Retrieved 26 November 2020..
  2. ^ "Hubert Germain obituary". The Times. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Hubert Germain" (in French). National Assembly. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  4. ^ Philippe-Jean Catinchi (20 November 2020). "L'ancien résistant Daniel Cordier, secrétaire de Jean Moulin pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, est mort". lemonde.fr (in French). Retrieved 20 November 2020..
  5. ^ AFP, Le Figaro avec (5 November 2020). "Décès de l'un des trois derniers compagnons de la Libération, Pierre Simonet". Le Figaro.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 November 2020..
  6. ^ Décret du 25 novembre 2020 portant nomination du chancelier d'honneur de l'Ordre de la Libération.
  7. ^ "Hubert Germain, last of elite group of French resistance fighters, dies". The Guardian. 12 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Honorary Awards". Gov.UK. 2020.