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The story of Lily…”Michou”.

 

As the Nazi forces gained absolute control of the occupied lands they had seized, individuals as well as whole families were engaged in small acts of sabotage against the German invader. Initially many brave acts were carried out, German cars and vehicles would have their tyres punctured or let down, substances such as sugar were put into the petrol tanks causing untold problems and lost time, these acts though not excessive still caused disruption to the occupying enemy. Many Resistors set up their own printing presses, then distributed the leaflets in defiance of the hated forces controlling their lives and who invaded their land…but the terrible fear of capture and certain interrogation by the Gestapo held great fears for all who took to opposing to the German forces. But their spirit of determination overcame the fears that were ever present, they continued whatever the price…!!!

The Dumont family loyal to their beloved country also became Resisters, the father, mother and their two daughters…Andree codenamed…”Nadine” was already actively involved in the Comet Line and her sister Micheline or Lily would soon become active in assisting her fellow Resistors in acts of opposing the hated enemy that had invaded their land

In November 1942 the Gestapo had been tipped of about the Dumont family and their possible links with the Comet Line. In anticipation of a successful raid and the capture of some of it’s members they sped to the Dumont family home and promptly arrested all those there, swiftly dragging them to the waiting car which took them to the prison of St Gilles. Unbeknown to the prison guards they thought they had the whole family incarcerated, but fortunately Lily had been out when the Gestapo arrived.

In distress at hearing of her families arrest she hurried to the prison and bravely confronted the German sentries asking to visit her family, after being firmly refused she left distraught and bewildered and went to Dedee asking to work for the Comet Line. Dedee was impressed at this young woman’s passion and was pleased to give her a job with the Comet Line. Micheline Dumont or Lily aged just twenty-two years old would soon be known in the Resistance as “Michou”. Her own fight for freedom with the Comet Line would become in itself a remarkable story.(picture of lily-michou)

Her work started immediately in assisting photographers, as photos were needed for the “false” identity cards they produced for the airmen passing through the Comet Line. She organized “safe houses” for the Allied airmen that were constantly being found by the Comet Lines own loyal members who scoured Belgium looking for them. There were always plenty of airmen who needed refuge who were passed down the line at a fast rate, Lily bought clothing and food and carried it to all the safe houses for the airmen. From the safe house she bravely led the downed airmen across Belgium to the border of France, there to be passed to the next member and safe house. This work was always undertaken with great risks, but generally girls and young women had an easier time to pass the guards than men did. Her life was completely busy it was certainly a full time job as many airmen needed to be taken from the countryside and get them transported to Brussels, where she found each and every one a safe house. She had a very lucky escape from the Gestapo who were trying to find her, as the Gestapo came in one door of the office she was working in she climbed out on the fire escape stairs and ran across the street to the adjacent buildings there to be hidden by friends until the Gestapo had left. On her rounds by bicycle she would check that everything was working to plan and going well. She was always delivering messages and giving money to the owners of the safe houses. It was an important job and she undertook it with relish. Life under the German occupation with severe food rationing was horrendous, and the only good food was either from the farmers or the black-market, sometimes proving very expensive. 

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