René Hardy

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René Hardy (31 October 1911 - 12 April 1987) was a member of the French Resistance during World War II.

Hardy was born in Mortrée, Orne. After the war, he was tried twice for collaboration, but was found not guilty, despite committing perjury at the first trial.[1] Shortly before his death he was accused again by Klaus Barbie, but died before any new charges were brought.[2]

Hardy was also a novelist. His book Bitter Victory (French title Amère victoire) was adapted for the cinema in a Franco-US co-production starring Richard Burton.[citation needed] It is one of director Nicholas Ray's finest films.


  1. ^ Rene Hardy Accused of Giving Aid. New York Times. Accessed March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Analysis of the Barbie File. U.S. National Archives. Accessed March 14, 2012.