Thank you to the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Last Thursday evening, I had the honor of sharing Marcel’s story to 90 people at the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society annual meeting.
I shared a summarized version of the development of the font, read excerpts from five of Marcel’s letters, and outlined the search for his fate. Since it was a historical society meeting, I also included details about the World War II French forced labor programs Relève and Service du Travail Obligatoire.
After the meeting, a number of people came up to me to chat or just shake my hand. I was particularly honored (and a little surprised!) to hear the number of people — several of which were self-proclaimed World War II experts — say they had never heard about this aspect of the war’s history before.
A special thanks to White Bear Lake Area Historical Society executive director Sara Markoe Hanson for inviting me to speak at this event.