It is clear now that the future can rescue the past. Our future will rescue our past. This is an echo of my concept of meaning coming from the future. What seems random to you now will not seem random to those who are capable of looking back.
If you believe in constant cumulative human progress, and I do, then assuredly, if we are lucky enough and sufficiently competent enough to recover enough information, will understand the behaviour and psyches of the people who lived in the past, perhaps better than commentators did at the time. We will understand their societies and the choices they made and the consequences of their actions better than they did.
The age of the Internet, presently hovering on the edge the of a cyberclasm, is an age when we can find out more and more about our families' histories and the people who interacted with them. Thanks to both the work of Wikileaks and Wikipedia and to the work of historians, amateur and professional. The truth is that every family and every organisation and every individual will soon become an historian.
Take power over your own narrative; or read the information in some state data archive maintained by privatised operatives like AQA and Rentokil? It's up to you.
And so the story was in my family that part of the reason why Granny Lisa survived so well during the war was because she went to the mayor of Suresnes and ask for help and got it. She was given a job by this mayor as a French German translator and hospital administrator in the Hospital Foch in Suresnes.
It was my father, the real Tony Hall, who said:
“Sellier was obviously reacting partly to granny's beauty and forthrightness and the fact that she had a cute little four year old girl. But he helped her. He was actually quite a well known figure and they said he may had links with the resistance. That would why granny was left alone by the French and why she she was not called a collaborator or treated badly at the end of the war.
I suspect that Dad knew more than I know now - which would disprove my notion, of course.
But who was this mayor and why was he a well know figure and what happened to him and was the relationship with Granny platonic? Dad said there was no inkling of any affair. Knowing Granny it seems unlikely.
But now we are in a position to find out more about Henri Sellier.