BERGES, Jean Leon (b 1925)

Scope and Content

Copies of papers in French relating to the shooting and wounding of Bergs by the Gestapo in an attempt to escape from France to Spain, Jun 1944, and documents to establish his status as a disabled and pensionable victim of the German occupation of France, 1985-1996, including ten testimonies from witnesses and contemporaries relating to the shooting, wounding and recuperation of Bergs, 1945, 1973 and 1985-1987; typescript account entitled 'Jean Bergs: un jeune Biarrot fusill par les rescap!', with three maps of the French-Spanish border region [1996]; typescript official form, completed by Bergs, in order to receive an invalidity pension as a victim of World War Two, 1996.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Paris, France, 1925; educated at Lyce Henry IV and L'Ecole Boulle, Paris; worked as a jewellery designer, Paris [1943]; called up for compulsory labour, Bergs sought to escape to Spain with the help of the Maquis, Jun 1944; severely wounded in the attempt by the Gestapo, near St Girons, France, 17 Jun 1944; treated for his wounds in local hospice, Jun-Jul 1944; left St Girons with Maquis from Toullouse, 13 Jul 1944; retired to Itxassou, near Biarritz, France [1996].


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by Dr Stephen Weiss, Department of War Studies, King's College London, in 1997.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

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