Renée Blum: A Woman of Valor

Arnold Reisman


Renée Louise Weigle, the daughter-in-law of the first Socialist and the first Jewish premier of France, had sub-rented an apartment in a town two miles from where her father- in-law was jailed by the Vichy regime so that she could bring to him a hot meal. Daily she rode a bicycle to do that during the cold winter months. When her husband, Robert Blum, was being mistreated in a Nazi POW camp she went unannounced to the Turkish Ambassador and pleaded to have Turkey, a neutral country, intervene. She succeeded. Renée served as a member of the SFIO (Socialist Party) Executive Committee from 1944 to 1948.

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