Family tree of Pierre SCHOENDOERFFER

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French film director, screenwriter, writer, war reporter, war cameraman, renowned First Indochina War veteran, and cinema academician

Born on May 5, 1928 in Chamalières, Puy-de-Dôme , France

Died on March 14, 2012 in Clamart , France

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Pierre Schoendoerffer was born in Chamalières of a French Alsatian Protestant family. As Alsace was a territory contested and annexed in the 17th, 19th and 20th centuries by both France and Germany leading to the Franco-Prussian War (1870) next World War I (1914–18), his forefathers chose to remain French, even though they lost all their belongings.

His maternal grandfather, who was an 1870 veteran, volunteered in the French Army in 1914 at the age of 66 and the rank of Captain. He was killed during the Second Battle of the Aisne at Chemin des Dames. His father was the director of the Annecy hospital and died shortly after the end of the battle of France (1940) where he was injured.


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