FRENCH POWs RETURN TO PARIS
At the end of WW 2, in June and July of 1945, the French soldiers held by the Germans as prisoners of war for four years were sent to their hometowns in France.
Gégé Smith volunteered to help get them ready to return to their families and civilian life. She was a tiny, nineteen-year-old, and not afraid of anything. Otherwise she would have refused the job she was assigned to.
In Paris, a large building was set up to process them. The men were made to discard all clothing and take a shower. Gégé was given the task of standing just outside the group shower door as the men came through for the next station where they would get new clothing.
As each completely naked soldier went by her, she made them put powder on their head and genitals. She assumed this was to kill any lice remaining in their hair.
She must have seen more naked men than any woman in France. But after two months, she asked to be transferred to a new job. She had seen enough.