Member of the French Resistance, Georges Dompmartin spent the Second World War living at 20 Rue Thiers, a five-minute walk from the city’s main train station.
While officially Georges worked in the construction industry as a builder and contractor in Reims, unofficially he was an active member of the Resistance, putting up Allied parachutists in his home, hiding and feeding them, as well as supplying forged identity cards.
Georges was 58 years old when, on the 13th of June 1944, he was arrested by the Gestapo and locked up and interrogated in the nearby town of Châlons-sur-Marne for a month, before being deported to the Neuengamme concentration camp in Hamburg on the 15th of July. Neuengamme was a work camp, where the aim of the Nazis was to exterminate prisoners through hard labour. Just over two months later, on the 23rd of September, Georges was dead. Exterminated through hard labour. He left behind a wife, Georgette.
Georges was born in the small French town of La Roche-sur-Foron, in the county of Haute-Savoie, a stone’s throw away from the Swiss and Italian borders, on the 19th of October 1886.
Today Georges’ deeds are remembered not only by the plaque that sits on the front of his old home, but also by the small alley that bears his name, albeit in a different part of the city.
Source: La Vie Remoise (In French)