Gestapo in court – 2014
At the grand old age of 90, former member of the French Resistance Jacques Maso continues his 70 year old legal battle against the Gestapo.
Son of an ambulance driver, he was able to get his hands on a valuable ‘laisser-passer’, a pass which allowed him to smuggle British airmen over the border into Spain.
In 1944, aged 20, he was denounced and arrested, interrogated, tortured and imprisoned for ten days. On his release, his savings of 90,000 francs had been stolen, he believes, by the Gestapo agents who picked him up.
He consequently filed a complaint against the Gestapo at the Prefecture of Perpignan which he has continued to fight to this day.
Despite an official letter of gratitude from the British government, which he holds very dear, Jacques has been unable to gain recognition from the French as being an active resistance member.
However, his claim against the Gestapo, and the state of Germany continues to drive him, despite being turned down in several court cases.