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Escape from Belgium 1940

On May 10, 1940, the German Army invaded Belgium. Four days later, the Belgian government ordered boys and men ages 16–35 to leave their homes and congregate in two towns near the western border to be taken into the army reserves. One of them was 16-year-old Francis de Marneffe.

Based on his memoir, "The Last Boat from Bordeaux," which relies on his contemporaneous diary, this talk is about what happened when he sought to answer his government’s call, and then made his way to England.

Francis de Marneffe is the general director emeritus and senior consulting psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He lives in Westwood, Massachusettes.