About the BookAfter the defeat of the French army in 1940, more than two million soldiers were made prisoners by the enemy for almost five years. In addition to cold and hunger, the worst torment for officers was boredom, as - unlike soldiers - they were not allowed to work. By recalling the story of the author’s father made prisoner, Sine Die portrays the life of these captured men, their hopes and their absence. It also depicts their loneliness during and after the war, as the society made them bear the responsibility for the defeat.
Briottet only got to know his father at the age of seven when he was released, but the silence around the period of the war made their relationship fragile. His entire life, the author tried to imagine and re-live the captivity of his father in order to honor his memories and those of his father's comrades.
The book is a perfect blend between an autobiography and a historical narrative whose aim is to defend the memory of these forgotten men of the Second World War’s history.
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