Denise Domenach-Lallich is confirmed dead at the age of 95.
Denise was best known as a French resistance member.
Denise Domenach-Lallich
Born10 October 1924
Died19 July 2020(2020-07-19) (aged 95)
NationalityFrench
OccupationResistant
Denise Domenach-Lallich (10 October 1924 – 19 July 2020) was a member of the French Resistance during World War II.
Biography
Domenach-Lallich was the third child in a family of nine children. Her father was an engineer with a local cable company and her brother, Jean-Marie Domenach, was also a resistance fighter. The Domenach family was Roman Catholic and part of the social Catholicism movement. Domenach-Lallich was a student in Lyon when the war broke out. She went to live with her maternal grandparents in Bourg-en-Bresse before moving back to Lyon. Jean-Marie joined the resistance with his friend, Gilbert Dru. Domenach-Lallich finished school in 1943 and joined the resistance and the Forces unies de la jeunesse patriotique. In October 1943, she entered the Lumière University Lyon 2 and was part of the Jeunes chrétiens combattants.
In May 1944, Domenach-Lallich was appointed as leader of the Mouvements Unis de la Résistance. Wanted by the Gestapo, she went into hiding in Hauterives. After the Liberation of Paris, she was a part of the Mouvements de libération nationale. At the same time, she met Bernard Lallich, who had earned the Croix de Guerre 1939–1945. They married in 1946.
Domenach-Lallich finished school and became a professor of literature. She eventually published her notebooks documenting her resistance experiences in 1999.
Her husband, Bernard, died of Alzheimer's disease on 28 October 1991 after suffering from the condition for 15 years. She co-founded the Rhône-Alzheimer association, and served as its Vice-President for 10 years. She published articles relating to old age.
Domenach-Lallich received the Resistance Medal and was a Knight of the Legion of Honour. An amphitheater at Collège La Tourette in Lyon was named in her honor. In 2018, the Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation in Lyon presented Génération 40, des jeunes dans la tourmente, which extracted transcripts from her diary.
Publications
Demain il fera beau journal d'une adolescente, novembre 1939-septembre 1944 (2001)
Les lieux secrets de la Résistance - Lyon, 1940-1944 (2003)
Une jeune fille libre : journal 1939-1944 (2005)
Gardons l'espoir (2005)
Grand âge, nous voici (2009)
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