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Mennonite in France 1941-1942

"In 1941 during World War II, twenty-six year old Lois Gunden of Goshen, Indiana accepted the call to serve with Mennonite Central Committee in southern France. As the Germans invaded European countries, Jewish residents fled south. Along the Mediterranean Sea a camp was opened to house adult refugees. Close-by was a Villa where the children of the refugees were housed. Lois, a French teacher from Indiana, volunteered to become the director of the children's center.

One incident during the two years she worked there displays her ingenuity and intuitiveness. One morning while the children were out for a walk, a knock on the Villa door that a policeman had come to take three of the children. Lois said the children would not return until noon. At noon the policeman again appeared and told Lois to pack the children's belongings and prepare them for travel. This time Lois said that their clothing were being laundered and would not be dry until late afternoon. At five o'clock the enforcement officer returned again saying he would get the children that evening.

Through the day and evening Lois prayed for wisdom and guidance, and for the safety of Louise, Armand and Monique. That evening although Lois and the children stayed up late, the officer never did return and the children remained safely at the Villa.

When the Germans occupied southern France, Lois was interned in Germany. As the war was ending in 1944-45, she returned to her Indiana home. In additon to teaching French at Goshen College and Temple University, Lois ministered in the Mennonite Church through various leadership positions and through her writings."
Source: Peace Exhibit, 2006, Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Curator, Joel D. Alderfer.
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Holding A Box

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Woman Next To Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Boys Carrying Jugs

Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Three Children

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Group Picture

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children Working Together

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Group On The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Man Next To Wall

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children On Sidewalk

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Sitting On Railing

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Holding A Camera

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children On The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Beach Walk

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Seated Children

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children In The Sand

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Playing On The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Young Woman

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Three Children Leaning On Rocks

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Distant Beach Scene

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Man By The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Eating Soup

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Boys Playing In The Sand

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Dining Room

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Group Of Women

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Woman By A Fence

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Playing In The Sand

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

With Goat

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Footprints On The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

House On The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Two Men By The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Two Men On Stairs

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Girl With Bow

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

At The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Little Girl

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Posing On The Street

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children On Stairs

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Josephina, Rosita And Carmen Sanchez

Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Posing By The Beach

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Airplane

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Outside Play

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Group Picture

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Man With Hat

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children Playing In The Sand

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Two Boys

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Two Young Girls With Bows

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children Posing For A Photograph

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Children Doing Chores

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Sitting In The Sand

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Three Young Girls

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Standing By A Fence

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Line Of Children

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Two Children With Coats

Unidentified photograph...Citation: Lois Gunden Clemens Photograph Collection. France, 1941-1942. HM1-926 Box 1 Folder 9. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.