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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Jeanne Matthey

Many presume that her life wasn't different than the lives of any other forgotten tennis players from the early 1900s - that she was born in uncertain year and that she died some time after, meanwhile winning the French Championships 4 times (in Bordeaux: 1909/ in Paris: 1910/11/12) and also defeating the greatest player of that era, young Suzanne Lenglen as many times as noone else in the world (and still only twice).

When she appeared at the Roland Garros in 1972 she was very lively despite her age of 86. She joked that she consisted of many pieces because of her war wounds…

During the WWI she served as a nurse on the front and was seriously wounded there, which in result forced her to give up playing tennis... She was a member of the French Resistance during the WWII. On 15 August 1944, in Paris, she started the most horrible journey of her life - she was sent to the concentration camp in Ravensbrück in Germany where she was tortured and sustained several wounds, but survived...

A heroine of two wars, a member of many war veterans organizations, bearer of 38 different medals and of this one most important in France – the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Marie-Jeanne Matthey-Jonais was born on January 25th, 1886 in Alexandria in Egypt, but her life led her to Paris...
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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Fascinating information! And I am sure that having handled the Divine One and inflicting two (!) defeats on her, dealing with the Nazis must have been a piece of cake...
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She sounds exotic. Can't wait for more LKK!
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How do we get to know all of that? Certainly not from Google.

Anyone noticed it's always surprising, interesting, fascinating to learn about many old time players lives?

Reminds me of Toupie Lowther who was on the front too in WW1, driving an ambulance or something.
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At the bottom of this page linked below there is some additional info on Jeanne, her sister - Cecile (who was a tennis player, too) and their family of Swiss-French origin:

http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o...lizabeth-wein/
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Very interesting thread about Jeanne Matthey and her heroic life
2 pics of her



Mme GALLAY, Melle DE KERMEL, Jeanne and Cécile MATTHEY.
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An action shot of Jeanne

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At the bottom of this page linked below there is some additional info on Jeanne, her sister - Cecile (who was a tennis player, too) and their family of Swiss-French origin:

http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o...lizabeth-wein/
Is there any way for us to contact this person? I would love to invite him or her to visit us in this thread!
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A photo from 1968 believed to be of Jeanne.

https://www.magnumphotos.com/image/PAR104648.html


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The Holocaust Museum has a record of her at Ravensbruck.

http://www.ushmm.org/online/archival.../RG19044M.html


G44/C.P.-229.11 MATTHEY-JONAIS, Jeanne, Mrs., 26 Mar. 1945 - 22 June 1945.

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This French site also suggests she was sent to other camps after Ravensbruck-including Buchenwald if i am reading it right.

http://www.bddm.org/liv/details.php?id=I.264.

MATTHEY-JONAISMarie-JeanneF25/01/1886Alexandrie (EGY)FTor,Abt,MkbR??/05/1945Prague

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Here's a quick translation of the piece below to which a link was posted yesterday:

"This detachment, located 40 kilometres north-west of Eisenbach in Thuringia, was created in October to build, in a former potassium mine, a BMW plant making aeroplane engine parts. A women's detachment was also created; it made explosives. The site was evacuated in in March-April 1945, most of the people (212 men) going to Buchenwald. There was a total number of 220 men and 250 women on 21 January 1945, including some French."
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The "212 hommes" who were evacuated to Buchenwald appear to have been men only. In that case Jeanne Matthey wouldn't have been sent there.
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"Ce Kommando situé à 40 km au nord-ouest d'Eisenach en Thuringe est créé en octobre 1944 pour accueillir, dans une ancienne mine de potasse, une usine BMW fabriquant des pièces de moteurs d'avions. Un Kommando de femmes ouvre également, fabriquant des explosifs. Le site est évacué en mars-avril 1945, principalement vers Buchenwald (212 hommes). L'effectif y est de 230 hommes et 250 femmes au 31 janvier 1945, dont quelques Français."
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