'Our family was the first to be liberated': The tale of a D-day survivor

Arlette Gondrée was hidden in the basement

09 June 2019 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph

Over the years, many thousands of British boots have crossed the threshold of the Café Gondrée. Field Marshal Montgomery in 1945, veterans paying tribute to fallen comrades and members of the royal family. Although not yet, owner Arlette Gondrée points out, with the hint of disappointment befitting a fan, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.

However, she still recalls with crystal clarity the very first occasion a British soldier arrived at the café on the night of June 5 1944, when she was just four years old, cowering with her family in the basement during the start of the D-Day invasion...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times subscribers.

A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day, Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

X